HandsFree Health is not only a medical alert provider. Under the HandsFree Health brand, the company created WellBe®, which is a virtual health assistant platform that functions through a smart speaker.
WellBe is similar to other smart speakers on the market, such as the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, but the difference is that HandsFree Health created WellBe specifically for health needs.
WellBe assists with your health by storing your insurance information, medication schedules, doctor appointments, and other health- and medical-related information. With the device’s voice activation, you can ask it insurance-related questions (i.e. “How much of my deductible is remaining?”), request reminders for medication schedules, get notified of upcoming appointments, etc. WellBe operates on a HIPAA-compliant platform, ensuring your sensitive information is protected.
HandsFree Health’s newest addition is its smartwatch medical alert device. In order to purchase the medical alert device, you’ll need to purchase the HandsFree Health monthly subscription, which will cover your medical alert monitoring. HandsFree Health is also now offering a Medical Alert PLUS option that allows for a lower upfront cost. We talk more about this in The Good section below.
HandsFree Health has a unique approach to the medical alert industry, taking the desire for virtual assistants and combining it with customizable health assistance.
However, the medical alert device does differ from most on the market. Keep reading to find out where HandsFree Health’s medical alert technology falls short and where it excels.
One feature that sets the WellBe medical alert watch apart from other medical alert systems on the market is its sleek design. Although it’s becoming more common, most medical alert companies don’t offer smartwatch medical alert systems. Companies typically just provide a home-based medical alert station with a pendant you wear around the wrist or neck, with the option to upgrade to a mobile alert pendant.
A smartwatch medical alert device gives you convenience and a sleek, inconspicuous design.
In addition to functioning as a medical alert device, The WellBe emergency alert device has features that are in-line with other smartwatches on the market:
Once you push the emergency button on your smartwatch, you have seven seconds to cancel the request, lessening the chances of false alarms. Most medical alert devices don’t have the capability to cancel emergency calls until they’re connected to the monitoring center. It’s convenient that the WellBe watch offers this type of ability, so you don’t have to go through the trouble of talking with the monitoring center before canceling the emergency alert.
WellBe's monthly subscription comes with a variety of features users can take advantage of any time they'd like. Here are a few of the additional capabilities available:
HandsFree Health is now offering Medical Alert PLUS, which allows customers to purchase the medical alert device as well as the WellBe speaker for a one-time fee of $99.95 and a monthly fee of $44.95. Both devices function on a 4G LTE network, which makes sure that if the Wi-Fi ever goes out in the home for any reason, the smart speaker can still make an emergency call. This covers on-the-go and at-home medical alert coverage. This offering is great for customers wanting to spend less upfront and are willing to pay a little more monthly.
The WellBe virtual assistant is available through the smartwatch as well as the Wellbe speaker, allowing users to access the virtual assistant on the go as well as at home. A medical alert company offering a virtual assistant and speaker is already unique, so it's additionally impressive HandsFree Health took it a step further by making the virtual assistant compatible with the medical alert smartwatch as well.
A common selling point for medical alert systems is fall detection. When a medical alert device has fall detection, a signal is sent to the monitoring center when the person wearing the device experiences a fall, even if they can’t trigger the device themselves. Because users often are unable to move once they fall down, fall detection capabilities are extremely important for users who want that extra peace of mind.
Because HandsFree Health does not offer fall detection, this medical alert device is best for users who don’t mind having to manually push the emergency button themselves if and when they need to call for help.
The majority of providers offer medical alert pendants you can wear around your neck or wrist. HandsFree Health only sells a smartwatch, rather than wearable pendants. However, this may not necessarily be a bad thing if you prefer a smartwatch over a wearable pendant.
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