HealthPicket Service to Help Americans ‘Age in Place’

Virtual care services help prolong independent living

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Health IT executive Michael
J. Minton
announced the launch of HealthPicket,
a unique new option for patient-centered home-based care.

is dedicated to helping Americans ‘age
in place’
with dignity,” said Minton, company founder and CEO.

“Our virtual
professional care services
use state-of-the-art technology and
clinical experts to help prolong independent living and
are an affordable alternative to current options.”

Nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their home as
long as possible, according to the AARP
Public Policy Institute
; 80 percent believe they will always live in
their current residence. However, chronic diseases can escalate quickly,
making independent living difficult and stressing adult children who may
be too far away to effectively monitor their parents’ health status.

“Our virtual professional care services protect seniors’ ability to live
independently and families’ right to peace of mind,” explained Minton.

Studies show continuous remote monitoring of those with chronic medical
issues can facilitate more timely and appropriate interventions that
reduce hospital admissions by 20 percent or more, total bed days by 25
percent or more.

“We provide early warning of changes in health status and informed
clinically validated alerts. Together these can help prevent unnecessary
medical procedures. In short, we intend to help reduce spiraling
healthcare costs, one subscriber at a time.”

Service is expected to begin Q1 2016. Prospective subscribers may contact
HealthPicket to reserve a spot now.

Advisory Council

HealthPicket also launched its Web
and announced four inaugural advisors:

About HealthPicket

Founded to prolong independent living and help older Americans stay at
home longer, HealthPicket offers an affordable way to monitor health
status and manage care on a daily basis. Virtual professional care
services enable seniors to preserve health, independence and privacy,
while giving family members peace of mind.

Using state-of-the-art wireless sensors, medical devices and care
management support software, specially trained US-licensed clinical
experts monitor patient activities, vital signs and other health
indicators. The goal is to improve medication
and general care plan adherence, and spot early signs of
changes in health status so they can promptly issue informed alerts if
and when appropriate.

Seniors can subscribe directly to HealthPicket’s technology-plus-human solution
or a family member may subscribe on their behalf (details at

About Minton

A seasoned health IT executive whose forte is building teams and opening
new markets, Minton
has devoted his career to promoting the use of technology to improve
healthcare delivery, focusing in recent years on telehealth and virtual
care. As worldwide group marketing director, informatics, for Becton
he led the cultural transformation required to scale an
infection-control software unit from supplier to strategic solution
provider. At Health Data Sciences (later Misys) and GE Healthcare
(Centricity), he built and led national sales teams for two electronic
health record pioneers. Minton also spent many years as corporate
accounts manager for Hewlett-Packard’s
medical division (now Philips
). More recently, he was product and business development
director for Cardiac
, a global FDA Class III cardiac resuscitation device
company, and president of Waypoint Technology Partners, a healthcare
consulting practice.

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