Onkol is an unobtrusive monitoring device.
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Shari Cayle, 75, called "Miracle Mama" by her family ever since she beat back advanced colon cancer seven years ago, is still undergoing treatment and living alone.Onkol, a product inspired by Cayle that monitors her front door, reminds her when to take her medication and can alert her family if she falls, has allowed her to remain independent at home. As more American seniors plan to remain at home rather than enter a nursing facility, new startups and some well-known technology brands are connecting them to family and health-care providers.According to PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute, at-home options like these will disrupt roughly $64 billion of traditional U.S. provider revenue in the next 20 years.At the same time, Nortek said some of its smart home customers like ADT Corp want to expand into health and wellness offerings.A July study from AARP showed Americans 50 years and older want activity monitors like Fitbit and Jawbone to have more relevant sensors to monitor health conditions and 89 percent cited difficulties with set up.
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