"Low-tech" personal emergency response systems reduce costs and improve outcomes

Manag Care Q. 2000 Winter;8(1):38-43.


A relatively inexpensive low-technology solution can be used by managed care organizations (MCOs) to improve outcomes and significantly reduce health care costs among community-residing elderly patients. Clinical studies indicate that usage of monitored Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) reduce mortality rates by nearly four times, reduce hospital utilization by 59 percent, and yield a positive benefit-to-cost ratio of over seven to one (every dollar spent on PERS results in $7.19 in health care cost savings).

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Cost Control
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Emergency Medical Service Communication Systems*
  • Health Services for the Aged / economics
  • Health Services for the Aged / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Managed Care Programs / economics*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Security Measures