Majd’s Message: Countdown to the Annual Meeting

by Published On: Sep 12, 2012
Majd Alwan

In about 6 weeks, LeadingAge members will descend on the Colorado Convention Center in Denver for what I believe will be a very exciting Annual Meeting and Exposition. Between Oct. 21 and Oct. 24, I’m expecting conference attendees to experience many “aha” moments as they participate in CAST events and educational sessions.

For one thing, our 5 conference sessions are bound to impress you with one indisputable truth: technology has a vital role to play in every facet of your organization’s operations, including:

  • Strategic Planning.
  • Quality Improvement.
  • Person-Centered Care.

You are also bound to have an epiphany or 2 when you speak one-on-one with pioneering CAST and LeadingAge members during our second Idea Exchange. The Exchange will take place in the CAST booth at the Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall on Oct. 22, 23 and 24. Participating organizations are featured in CAST’s 2 case study collections, which focus on technology-enabled business models and electronic health record implementation.

I hope you’ll stop by the Idea Exchange for what could be an organization-changing conversation. I can think of no better way to network and learn, while sowing the seeds of collaboration and partnership!

Get all the details about conference sessions and the Exchange in this issue’s article about CAST’s conference events.

Ziegler-CAST CFO Survey

In addition to preparing for the Annual Meeting, CAST has been busy this summer putting the final touches on a pioneering survey of chief financial officers (CFO) that Ziegler, a LeadingAge Partner, helped CAST conduct. The Ziegler-CAST survey has given us great insight into technology spending among aging services organizations. You can read about the results in this issue of Tech Time.

Home Care Technology Conference: Nov. 19

Results of another important technology survey will be released on Nov. 19 during the Second Annual Home Care Technology Conference in Toronto. CAST and the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) are co-sponsors of the event. LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix will offer the keynote address.

I’ll be taking notes during the presentation of results from Canada's first national survey to gauge technology awareness and use among home care consumers. Philips Lifeline, a LeadingAge Partner and CAST Sponsor, co-sponsored the survey.

Featured Case Study

Each month, Tech Time continues to highlight one case study from PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE: Developing Technology-Enabled Long-Term Services and Supports for a New Population of Older Adults. This month's case study is about Eskaton, a LeadingAge member and CAST sponsor in Carmichael, CA. I hope you will read this case study to discover how you might integrate some of its lessons into your own planning for the future.

Great News from Eric Dishman

Last month, I shared the fact that our good friend and colleague Eric Dishman was in need of a gently used kidney in good working condition. I am so pleased to report that Eric’s call for a kidney donor, and the prayers of all his friends, were answered! Eric’s transplant surgery is already scheduled for Sept. 24. We wish Eric all the best and ask you to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Member Achievements

I hope you enjoy this issue of Tech Time. In particular, I urge you to read about the great things that CAST sponsors and members are doing in their own communities and markets. Over the past month, several of our business members have celebrated important business milestones.

In addition, this issue includes some interesting articles about how nursing homes can use technology to improve hand washing among staff, and prevent falls and wandering among residents. I hope you’ll find them useful.

Finally, I want to let Washington-area members know about a Science Expo taking place on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Alexandria, VA. During the Expo, exhibitors with knowledge spanning all areas of senior living will interact with young people who want to learn more about aging so they can participate in the FIRST® LEGO® League challenge. This is an exciting opportunity for aging services providers to educate the younger generation about aging issues. I hope you’ll participate.

As always, please contact me with any comments or questions.


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