CAST Sponsor Intel-GE Care Innovations is consolidating its product line while CAST Member PointClickCare is expanding its INTERACT quality improvement program. In addition, CAST Members BAM Labs and Family Health Network have news to share. So does LeadingAge Member The Terraces at Los Gatos.
Care Innovations Consolidates
Intel-GE Care Innovations is making some changes to its product line and operating structure. The changes reflect the company’s new emphasis on care coordination and senior living, including aging in place. Intel and GE Healthcare launched their joint venture in January 2011.
Most notably, the company has combined all its business units dealing with disease management and independent living, according to MobileHealthNews.
“We’re going to double down on our whole effort around aging,” says Chief Executive Officer Louis Burns. “We decided that it’s time to stop viewing the concepts of disease management and home monitoring as two separate entities.”
PointClickCare Will Bring INTERACT to EHR Platforms
CAST Member PointClickCare is working with Florida Atlantic University to develop a fully integrated, electronic version of its INTERACT quality improvement program. INTERACT helps skilled nursing facilities identify, evaluate, document and communicate changes in the status of residents before serious medical issues emerge.
The joint venture’s primary goal is to bring the INTERACT program to certified EHR software platforms.
Article Touts Products of 2 CAST Members
Two CAST members received kudos in a recent article about “a few useful innovations that elder-care facilities should know about.” The article, which originally appeared in MedCityNews, reviewed products by:
BAM Labs, a CAST member in Campbell, CA. The article describes BAM Lab’s Touch-free Life Care System, which features a sensor mat that is placed under the mattress of any type of bed. The mat allows for remote monitoring of a person’s movement, heart rate, respiration and sleep activity remotely.
Family Health Network, a CAST member in Durham, NC. According to the article, Family Health Network “eases seniors into computer technology while connecting patients with caregivers, family members and health care professionals so that they can all share important health information and encourage patients to remain engaged in their care.”
Social Networking for Los Gatos Residents
Residents of The Terraces of Los Gatos, a California-based LeadingAge member, are taking part in a 4-week social media class called Getting Connected. The continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is affiliated with CAST Sponsor American Baptist Homes of the West.
CCRC Resident Dorothy Lee says the course is helping her discover how simple it is to use social networking.
“I’ve been intrigued by comments about this easy way of keeping in touch with loved ones,” says Lee. “The class shows how easy it is to use social media. So many friends surface and are rediscovered.”