The CEO of GreatCall Inc., a San Diego-based provider of the Jitterbug phone and other communications technology for aging consumers, was recognized Thursday for innovation leadership at a summit devoted to baby boomers.

David Inns received one of the five annual innovation awards presented by the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit for the creation and development of a platform that “truly meets the needs of boomers, aging consumers and caregivers.”

“David has built and scaled a business to serve this growing market,” said Mary Furlong, CEO of Mary Furlong and Associates, the summit’s organizer. “As we look at trends in the health status of older Americans – almost 80 percent are managing chronic conditions – the growing role of connected health becomes clear.

“David Inns and the platform he and his team have developed will support tomorrow’s model of health care delivery: the technology that enables aging consumers to live more independently.”

The  conference’s innovation awards have gone to other technology leaders, including Internet pioneer Vint Cerf in 2011 and the Wall Street Journal technology writer Walt Mossberg in 2008.

“This award is an acknowledgement of GreatCall’s vision,” Inns said. “I am honored to be among those recognized over the years.”

GreatCall is the creator of Jitterbug, 5Star and a suite of health, safety and medical apps. The company uses a personalized approach to ensure aging consumers feel more connected, in control and safe. Products are sold sold nationwide at retailers and direct to consumers.

— From a Great Call press release

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.