Biggest Challenge in PERS: Users Don't Wear
A few years ago Qualcomm asked caregivers about their biggest barrier to adopting PERS. The top response, provided by 57% of caregivers: “They [loved ones] might forget to/not wear it.”
It turns out that this concern is justified. In a 2010 PERS study that included 52 participants, researchers found that almost 25% of PERS users were not wearing the device at all. The same study found that more than 85% of PERS users were not wearing the device 24 hours per day. The problem for caregivers is simple. Any time that their loved one removes the device, it increases the chances that the loved one will not have access to help when it’s needed most. When the device isn't worn, it's useless.
When a loved one first adopts a PERS device, it’s like creating any new healthy habit (e.g. exercise, healthy eating, etc.). It's difficult. In a 2009 study it took participants 66 days on average to form a new healthy habit. Constant support of trusted friends and family members is often needed during this critical habit formation period.
At QMedic, we are making PERS adoption a smoother process. We give the caregiver tools to help their loved one create a lasting, healthy habit. The QMedic solution uses advanced sensing techniques to detect if the device is being worn by the user. The caregiver can quickly check wear status on a mobile/web app and receive non-wear text/email alerts. As a result, the caregiver has peace of mind knowing when their loved one is protected and the real-time non-wear information to intervene and support the habit formation process.