Blog articles from 05/2017

Ahead of Parks Associates' CONNECTIONS Conference in San Francisco,  Kelemen Papp , Executive Director of Mooreland Partners, addresses several trends impacting the connected consumer markets: What are the best use cases for consumers and the Internet of Things? The biggest driver of adoption will be convenience and ease-of-use. What are the greatest obstacles to the adoption of connected products and services in the home? Similarly, to speed up...
 
by Parks Associates | May. 10, 2017
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As reported by the Wall Street Journal  Sunday and confirmed by Comcast and Charter press releases yesterday, the two cable giants have entered into an agreement to work together as they each enter the highly competitive wireless communications industry. From an operational and competitive standpoint, the partnership makes good sense. While both have extensive Wi-Fi networks, Comcast and Charter are newbies in the cellular world. Thus, any efforts to create greater...

The health insurer industry recognizes that the current way of doing business is not sustainable long term. Insurers either keep shifting more cost to consumers, resulting in consumers directly doing business with care providers, or they kept raising premiums, bankrupting consumers, and eventually causing their own demise—either out of business or government moves in to create a single payer system. As current thinking goes, insurers want to change their role from a gatekeeper...
At the 2017 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference , Independa, Inc. , a global leader in remote engagement technologies, announced its partnership with ProMatura Group, LLC , a global market research and advisory firm specializing in older adults. ProMatura’s impact plan, derived from its proprietary satisfaction surveys, paired with voice of the consumer (VOC) monitoring tools will be accessible through Independa’s resident engagement platform, transforming staff insights on...

Sean Miller , President of PointCentral, provides his perspective on several key industry trends ahead of his participation in the 21st-annual CONNECTIONS Conference , taking place May 23-25, 2017, in San Francisco. 1. What do you think is the biggest driver for the adoption of connected products for consumers? Residential consumers aren’t looking for complex solutions, but rather small improvements that save time from a recurring/redundant task, reduce energy usage/save...
 
by Parks Associates | May. 9, 2017
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SAN DIEGO -- Independa, Inc. , the global leader in remote engagement technologies, announced today Jennifer Willey as chief business officer. Willey is responsible for leading strategy, marketing, sales and partnerships for Independa's commercial and consumer business units and will help to further accelerate company growth. “Bringing Jennifer on board allows Independa to advance our growth nationally and globally as the technology platform of choice for remote engagement and...

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a market status report on telehealth and remote health monitoring last month. Though nothing new from my knowledge gain per se, it is a good read and reminds me of how slow the reimbursement policy has evolved since I started covering digital health in 2006. CMS is the gatekeeper of Medicare’s reimbursement policy and has historically been slow to embrace telehealth or remote health monitoring for fear of over-utilization and cost...
 
Dan DiClerico , Smart Home Advisor, HomeAdvisor, provided insight on several key industry trends ahead of Parks Associates’ 21st-annual CONNECTIONS™ Conference , which will be held May 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport: What are the best use cases for consumers and the Internet of Things? The smart home is not a one-size fits all solution. It means different things to different people. For parents, let’s talk about how awesome it is to be able to...


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