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A number of CAST Business Members had good news to share in October about their involvement in new initiatives and partnerships, as well as well-deserved recognition that enhances their standing in the field of aging services technologies. Here’s a sampling of the good news:
Start-Up Service Features Care Innovations Guide
The Care Innovations Guide, developed by CAST Sponsor Intel-GE Care Innovations, is at the center of a new subscription-based telehealth service company. The company, called Virtual Health, offers care plans that help older adults keep track of their vital signs, communicate with caregivers, receive health and wellness tips, arrange for home-delivered meals and deal with certain financial issues. In addition to Care Innovations, Virtual Health will partner with companies that provide care management, meals and financial services.
AOD’s EHR Software Proceeds toward Full Certifications
AOD Software, a CAST member in Fort Lauderdale, FL recently became the first and only company to offer a certified electronic health record (EHR) that is specifically designed for use by long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. The Answers EHR Autumn 2011, which is 2011/2012 Meaningful Use compliant, received a Pre-Market Conditional certification from Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) in mid-September 2011. In early October, the software passed CCHIT’s LTPAC core certification test as well as the optional tests for nursing home and home health add-on modules. The final step pending for AOD to achieve full certification will entail verifying successful use of the software at live sites.
GrandCare Receives Kudos from Business Association
GrandCare Systems, a CAST member in Westbend, WI, was chosen as one of 11 finalists in the Healthcare ABBY Awards presented by Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL), a California-based association of health and technology chief executives. As part of the competition, GrandCare produced a 4-minute video called “The Greatest Generation.” ABL created the Innovations in Health Care Awards to honor health care industry leaders whose innovative products and services reduce the cost of providing quality health care.
NIH Supports Family Health Network Study
Family Health Network, a CAST member in Research Triangle Park, NC, will lead a 1-year study to evaluate how older people use the company’s “Connected for Life” software and what changes can be made to improve the technology. The study, funded by a $190,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be conducted in partnership with the Institute on Aging at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Connected for Life is web-based software that provides medication reminders to users and allows caregivers to remotely check and monitor the users’ health status and medication use.
Duke University Collaborates with Verizon on HIT
Duke University, a CAST member in Durham, NC, is collaborating with Verizon on health information technology (HIT) initiatives designed to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs and bolster medical research capabilities. Under the multi-year agreement, Duke and Verizon’s Connected Healthcare Solutions group will combine their technical resources and personnel to develop emerging mobile patient engagement and telehealth applications that use smartphone technology.