San Diego Business Journal

GreatCall Partners With Robert Bosch Healthcare for Telehealth Products

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

San Diego-based wireless health developer GreatCall Inc. has partnered with Palo Alto’s Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems Inc. to develop and market a new line of mobile telehealth products.

The collaboration will integrate Bosch Healthcare’s health management software with GreatCall’s technology in developing wireless health devices, like its Jitterbug cellphone, which has larger buttons and an easy-to-use interface that appeals to older consumers. In 2006, the year the company launched, it sold more than 100,000 devices nationwide.

Great Call also sells a device called the 5Star Urgent Response that uses GPS technology to allow seniors to press a button and immediately get connected to “certified response agents” that can dispatch 9-1-1 services, contact a registered nurse or conference in family or other emergency contacts. The company also has an app called MedCoach that helps patients stay on track with their medication.

Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems is the e-health subsidiary of German automotive supplier giant Bosch Group. It offers more than 100 patient-monitoring programs that feed health care providers with patient health information in real time. The programs also give patients a means to monitor their own health.

“Today, many older persons are active and are looking for a telehealth solution that travels,” Bosch Healthcare president Jasper zu Putlitz said in a statement. “In partnering with GreatCall, we will be able to leverage GreatCall’s expertise in mobile technology and Bosch’s evidence-based telehealth approach in order to offer our customers mobile telehealth solutions."

— Meghana Keshavan