David Inns

GreatCall has acquired Healthsense, a provider of passive remote monitoring services for the senior care continuum.

“As GreatCall continues to expand in these key markets, Healthsense is a natural fit with our missions of increasing independence, reducing total cost of care and improving the resident, family and caregiver experience,” said David Inns, CEO of GreatCall. “Acquiring Healthsense brings important capabilities in predictive analytics that dovetail with our deep customer knowledge, expands our offering as well as increases our exposure in senior living and healthcare.”

Healthsense monitors more than 20,000 lives in senior living, managed care and home care settings, Inns added. The company’s wireless sensors monitor everyday living activities of daily living such as eating, sleeping and movement, he said, gathering information to establish patterns, evaluate data and enable caregivers to act proactively when they spot changes that indicate the early onset of a negative health event.

San Diego-based existing GreatCall’s products and services include the Lively personal emergency response system; the Jitterbug Flip and Jitterbug Smart phones; Lively Wearable fitness tracker; and health, safety and wellness apps Urgent Care, GreatCall Link, MedCoach and 5Star.

In August, GreatCall announced the GreatCall Rides pilot program, through which the company’s mobile product customers in select markets who use Jitterbug cell phones are able to arrange for transportation from ride-hailing service Lyft.