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Independa Receives 2015 CES Innovation Award and FundingPosted: December 2014CAST Supporter Independa has earned a 2015 CES Innovation Award from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Independa took top honors in the “Tech for a Better World” category for its senior care and engagement technologies. In other news, Independa has closed $4.3 million of a Series B round led by investor City Hill Ventures.
Philips: Expanding a Telemonitoring Partnership Posted: March 2014Philips, a LeadingAge Gold Partner with CAST Support, is helping Partners HealthCare expand its growing list of telemonitoring services. According to FierceHealthIT, nurses at Partners will use Philips technology solutions to monitor patients’ health after hospital discharge. Nurses will track vital signs and intervene early with medical attention in an effort to reduce the rate of hospital readmissions.
Healthsense Names Greg Melsen Chief Financial OfficerPosted: March 2014Greg Melsen has joined CAST Supporter Healthsense as chief financial officer (CFO). Melsen most recently served as vice president of finance, treasurer and CFO of Techne Corporation, a publicly held developer and manufacturer of biotechnology products. He previously held senior finance positions with PLATO Learning, American Medical Systems, AVECOR Cardiovascular and PACE Analytical.
MDI Achieve Will Add Assisted Living SoftwarePosted: March 2014CAST Business Associate MDI Achieve/MatrixCare has acquired Right Click Software, according to McKnight's Long-Term Care News. The acquisition will allow MDI Achieve to add Right Click Software’s business platform for assisted living communities to its portfolio. The new feature is called “Matrix Care for Assisted Living.
PointClickCare to Link Text Messaging and EHRsPosted: March 2014CAST Business Associate PointClickCare has introduced PointClickCare Secure Conversations, the first secure mobile messaging solution in the field of long-term services and supports. The new solution is the result of a partnership between PointClickCare and TigerText, a leader in secure, real-time messaging.
George Mason University: GPS Tracking Moves to Shoe InsolesMarch 2014The Washington Post recently interviewed Andrew Carle, an assistant professor at CAST University Member George Mason University. In 2007, Carle came up with the idea of embedding a Global Positioning System (GPS) device in a shoe designed for people with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2012, a Swedish science museum named the shoe one of the “Top 100 Innovations of Mankind.
Adventist Health System Selects HealthMEDXPosted Feb.2014Adventist Health System has selected CAST Supporter HealthMEDX to help standardize the health system’s electronic medical records (EMR) across its long-term care settings.
HealthMEDX Vision will be used to automate the care management model for AdventistPosted: Feb 2014 Health System’s 15 long-term care sites and provide standards-based information exchange with the system’s hospitals and physicians. Adventist Care Centers will also deploy iCare, the HealthMEDX care coordination platform, so physicians can access charts and electronically manage care from any location.
Healthsense Partners with Casenet Posted: Feb.2014 CAST Supporter Healthsense, Inc., is working with Casenet, LLC to integrate the Healthsense eNeighbor reporting platform into the Casenet TruCare enterprise care management system. The Healthsense eNeighbor system passively monitors activities of daily living for seniors.
Generations Publishes Paper by Kari Olson Posted: Feb. 2014 CAST Commissioner Kari Olson has written a paper for the winter issue of Generations, the journal of the American Society on Aging. Olson is chief innovation and technology officer for CAST Patron and LeadingAge member Front Porch in Burbank, CA, and president of the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing.
App from Hebrew Home Earns Kudos Posted: Feb 2014 Caring.com recently endorsed the Balance app developed by the National Alzheimer Center, a division of CAST Patron and LeadingAge member The Hebrew Home at Riverdale. The app is designed to help family members better manage caring for an Alzheimer’s patient.
LeadingAge Members Go to the MoviesPosted: Feb 2014 A CAST Patron and other LeadingAge Members have posted their own videos on YouTube. In one video, CAST Patron Front Porch describes its “What is Humanly Possible?” initiative. The “call to cause-based innovation” involves 8 actions: observe, inquire, expand, link, imagine, experiment, collaborate, and inspire. Another video describes a partnership between Clermont Park Retirement Community in Denver, CO and CAST Business Associate Touchtown, Inc., to bring technology to residents using Touchtown’s Resident App.
CMU Researchers Develop Bio-Robotic SockPosted: Feb 2014 Researchers at CAST University Member Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh have developed a soft bio-robotic sock designed to help people who have difficulty walking. Pneumatic artificial muscles—3 in the foreleg and 1 in the back for the ankle—work alongside lightweight sensors to facilitate movement.
Ecumen Chooses 3 AgePower Tech Search WinnersPosted: Feb 2014 Ecumen, a LeadingAge member in Shoreview, MN, will be working over the next 6 months to help 3 technology companies pilot-test their products with Ecumen residents. The 3 companies were the winners of the AgePower Tech Search, which Ecumen sponsored with Mojo Minnesota, an “innovative cooperative” that helps entrepreneurs strengthen their business strategy and execution.
Lutheran SeniorLife Featured on CNBCPosted: Feb. 2014CNBC recently published an article about older residents at Lutheran SeniorLife, a LeadingAge member in Cranberry Township, PA. Residents wear a watch-like health monitoring device that is part of a system called the MobileCare Monitor.
How Healthsense and Humana are Improving Health OutcomesPosted: Jan. 2014CAST Supporter Healthsense is teaming up with Humana, a health insurer, to measure the role that in-home sensors and remote monitoring technology can play in improving health outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions.