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HelpAround Launches Alert App on Apple Watch

HelpAround, the Israeli creator of the Diabetes Helpers peer-to-peer support network and the Alert app for iOS devices, has announced Alert for Apple Watch.

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HelpAround, the Israeli creator of the Diabetes Helpers peer-to-peer support network and the Alert app for iOS devices, has announced Alert for Apple Watch with support for watchOS 2.

Alert for Apple Watch provides seniors in physical or emotional distress a seamless way to simultaneously text their location and conference-in all of their caregivers at once with a tap on their wrist.

Alert for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch launched in July 2015 as the first health app to act in real-time. The data is also incorporated into the Health app on iPhone, allowing care providers to access health information with user permission.

“Many of our parents and grandparents really need a way to reach their caregivers when in distress, but are resistant to the idea of wearing a device that screams, ‘I might need help!’” said HelpAround co-founder and CEO, Yishai Knobel.

“We created Alert for Apple Watch to give our aging population a convenient and accessible way to reach their loved ones in times of need that seamlessly fits in with their everyday lives. Alert for Apple Watch gives them back their independence and allows them to go around freely with peace of mind,” continued Knobel.

Alerts are either manually initiated by the senior from the Watch face, or suggested to them as a result of physiological signals captured from the Apple Watch. This enables seniors to pre-emptively request assistance when they notice signs of trouble, rather than wait until they are in a critical state.

Having the Alert for Apple Watch increases accessibility and allows disoriented or immobile users to quickly send alerts straight from their wrist without relying on their phone, which speeds up response time and care.

The basic app is available on the App Store for free and includes the text message service and three conference calls. An upgraded subscription is available for $9.95 a month and includes unlimited calls.

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