Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing Awarded Grant for “Hearables for All”

The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing (FPCIW), part of CAST Patron Front Porch, has received a grant from The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation for its “Hearables for All” project.
 
“Hearables for All” is a 12-month program to explore emerging yet readily available wearable hearing devices for older adults. The project will explore a group listening system and test the effectiveness of emerging smartphone-controlled Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs), which enhance listening through wireless in-ear buds.

“The health and wellness impact of hearing loss can’t be overstated,” said Kari Olson, president, Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, chief innovation and technology officer for CAST Patron Front Porch, and CAST Commissioner.  “As we age, the inability to hear conversations and participate in discussions progressively takes us down a path of self-isolation. This is particularly true in group settings where it can be difficult for a listener to track multiple speakers at once. The mounting evidence of deteriorating health conditions due to social disengagement is impossible to ignore,” Olson said.
 
In addition, FPCIW has started to deploy Eversound, a group listening system that broadcasts events through multiple headsets equipped with volume controls, to engage multiple participants in an audience. Next, the project will test PSAP earbud products such as Doppler Labs’ Here One and Nuheara’s IQbuds.
 
The American Academy of Audiology notes a correlation between untreated hearing loss and depression and self-isolation. “Hearables for All” seeks to overcome these challenges by promoting social wellness and increasing engagement among older adults.
 
Front Porch is among nine organizations to receive an award that totals more than $500,000 in grants from the CTA Foundation. Front Porch, based in Glendale, CA, is a not-for-profit organization that serves individuals and families through full-service retirement, active adult communities and affordable housing communities.

PointClickCare Makes Forbes 2017 Cloud 100 List

PointClickCare Technologies Inc., a LeadingAge Gold Partner with CAST Focus, has been named to the Forbes 2017 Cloud 100 for the second consecutive year in a row. This list of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world is published by Forbes in collaboration with Bessemer Venture Partners.
 
“PointClickCare’s vision is to create a long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) cloud where providers, patients and payers come together to revolutionize healthcare,” said Mike Wessinger, CEO. “Being recognized for the second consecutive year as a top 100 private cloud company is a solid proof point that we are delivering on our mission – to improve healthcare and make a meaningful impact on the lives of millions."
  
The global data-driven list is evaluated by a panel of judges, which is made up of a majority of public cloud company CEOs, and selected and ranked on four factors including market leadership, people and culture, estimated valuation, and operating metrics. PointClickCare is based in Mississauga, Ontario.

iN2L Hires Miller to Lead Product Development

LeadingAge CAST Supporter It's Never 2 Late®, which provides person-centered digital engagement, content, and technology solutions for seniors, has added Matt Miller as Vice President of Product Development. 

This expansion of its leadership team underscores iN2L's commitment to providing personalized engagement solutions that include interactive multimedia, cognitive based gamification and adaptive devices to keep seniors active, connected and engaged.

Miller’s background includes both healthcare technology and video gaming. For nearly five years, he was a development director for Electronic Arts (EA), which pioneered the home computer games industry and is one of the world's largest gaming companies by revenue. Most recently, Miller served as the Advisory Board Company's managing director of healthcare technology product development. There he was responsible for 16 SaaS Products with $290M+ annual contract value, including analytics and advisory solutions designed to improve healthcare organizations' business and clinical performance.

"At iN2L, we work hard to make a difference in people's lives by developing an extensive library of programs, content and video games designed for elders with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities, most of whom have never used a computer," said CEO Tom Bang and CAST Commissioner. "We are thrilled that Matt Miller shares our mission and has joined us to bring our technology innovation to new heights." iN2L is based in Centennial, CO.