CAST Members Receive Awards, Announce Partnerships and Investments

CAST | October 17, 2018 | by Donna Childress

Six honored in McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards; new partnerships and investments expand technology in senior living.

MatrixCare Selected by Pegasus Senior Living

MatrixCare is now the enterprise electronic health records (EHR) platform partner for Dallas-based Pegasus Senior Living, says Senior Housing News. Pegasus is adopting the comprehensive suite of MatrixCare Senior Living products, including operations, EHR, and analytics. The installation will be complete by first quarter of 2019. CareCommunity by MatrixCare is a LeadingAge Gold Partner with CAST Focus.

PointClickCare Partners with Bridge Connector, Joins 2018 Forbes Cloud 100

PointClickCare, a LeadingAge Gold Partner with CAST Focus, has partnered with Bridge Connector to accelerate solutions for transferring patient data across disparate systems. Bridge Connector will offer software developers a streamlined, integrated process to build on the PointClickCare platform and leverage third-party integrated solutions, according to Senior Housing News. The partnership also will focus on accelerating customer-relationship management (CRM) integrations for PointClickCare customers.
Last month, PointClickCare also was named to the 2018 Forbes Cloud 100, the top private companies in Cloud computing in 2018.

Ziegler Announces First Investments of Ziegler LinkAge Fund II

Ziegler, a LeadingAge Gold Partner with CAST Focus, has announced the first three investments through its Ziegler LinkAge Fund II, according to McKnight’s Senior Living:

  • Chronic Care Management, a solution-oriented technology and services provider, focuses on “in-between visit” care management for patients with multiple chronic conditions.
  • Socially Determined fuses clinical and claims data with outside contextual data to create profiles of people, their communities, and their interactions with the healthcare system.
  • AllyAlign aims to transform the care delivered to geriatric special needs populations by enabling senior living providers to embrace, and thrive, under value-based care.

 The $37 million fund, closed earlier this year, targets early to mid-stage, emerging-growth companies that are focused on the aging or post-acute care sectors.

Netsmart Framework Enables New Bidirectional Data Exchange in Senior Living

LeadingAge CAST Supporter Netsmart is a founding member and live implementer of the Carequality Interoperability framework, which has just reached a new milestone. LeadingAge Member Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) has become the first senior living organization in the United States to exchange bidirectional clinical data with its local acute care partner SSM Health through the framework. 

LSS is a St. Louis-based senior living and post-acute care provider leveraging the powerful Netsmart network and EHR. The Netsmart network now has the largest community of connected post-acute and human services providers, with more than 5 million transactions each month.

Philips Acquires Blue Willow Systems, Teams with Ivonics

LeadingAge CAST Supporter Philips acquired Blue Willow Systems, which has a cloud-based senior living community resident safety platform. It will complement Philips’ CarePoint 6.0 safety platform by providing customers with new solutions for resident and staff management via a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model, Bluetooth connectivity, real-time location tracking, and enterprise reporting, according to McKnight’s Senior Living.
Philips also has teamed up with Inovonics, an industry leader in high-performance wireless sensor networks for life-safety applications. Now, Philips’ CarePoint 6.0 platform can monitor Inovonics devices as well as Philips Lifeline devices, offering senior living communities more flexibility in resident safety.

6 CAST Members Win 2018 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards

Six CAST members captured honors in the 2018 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards. The awards recognize organizations that harness technology to improve eldercare. This year, for the first time, the program included both Skilled Care and Senior Living tracks, with 10 technology categories each.
Stanley Healthcare was this year’s Platinum Sponsor, with Gold-level support from MatrixCare and Netsmart, a LeadingAge CAST Supporter. CareCommunity by MatrixCare is a LeadingAge Gold Partner with CAST Focus. Winners were announced in early October.
Dignity Gold: Westminster-Canterbury – LeadingAge CAST Patron Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay wins Dignity Gold. Its clinical trial through the Birdsong Initiative studied digital engagement that decreased participants' depression by 55%. To make the technology affordable, Westminster-Canterbury partnered with engineering company TMM Groupe to create its own in-room engagement tool called “The Birdsong Tablet: No mind left behind.” Its cost is less than discounted in-house cable TV.

Gold Award, Activities category: Charlie’s Place Activity and Respite Center and It’s Never 2 Late – Charlie’s Place Activity and Respite Center, a day program for people with dementia, won a Gold Award in the Activities category in the Senior Living track for its use of It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L). Hymn music, played on a portable iN2L device and then on a stationary unit inside the building attracts and engages participants, and iN2L makes caregivers’ jobs less stressful. iN2L is a LeadingAge CAST Supporter.

Gold Award, Survey Category: Granite Creek Health and Rehab with PointClickCare – The Matrix function of PointClickCare’s electronic health records system enabled Granite Creek Health and Rehab to win a Gold Award in the Survey category (Skilled Nursing Division). Previously, Granite Creek’s nursing director had used an Excel spreadsheet for the facility resident matrix, which is needed for surveyors. The PCC Matrix function simplified the process and enabled the director to hand surveyors the matrix when they walked in the door. PointClickCare is a LeadingAge Gold Partner with CAST Focus.

KISS Gold Award: Menorah Manor Menorah Manor in Florida, a LeadingAge  Member, won the KISS (Keep it Super Simple) Gold Award for its Companion Pet Therapy Program at the Marion and Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center. The animals are used in the Bresler Alzheimer’s Program, the Irv Weissman Adult Day Center, and the Therapeutic Recreation department—and residents have a highly positive response.

Silver Award, Transitions category: Asbury Communities and Netsmart – LeadingAge CAST Patron Asbury Communities won a Silver Award in the Transitions category of the Senior Living track for its care navigation reporting solution. The solution filters information derived from Netsmart Vision, by LeadingAge CAST Supporter Netsmart, to enable associates to take a proactive rather than reactive approach to resident care needs through a customized data-driven care model.

Silver Award, Admissions Category: Encore Health and Rehabilitation and It’s Never 2 Late – Encore Health and Rehabilitation in Malvern, AR, won Silver in the Admissions category for using the It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) system to help residents transition from home to the community. Staff said that iN2L helps them find activities and interests suitable for a resident’s personality. iN2L is a LeadingAge CAST Supporter.

HCS Exhibited at AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo

CAST Business Associate HCS exhibited at the 69th Annual American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) Convention and Expo, held Oct. 7-10 in San Diego, CA.
The convention caters to industry leaders and decision-makers in the long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) market. It brings together thousands of LTPAC professionals to network and learn about the latest techniques and services that help deliver better care quality for residents. HCS provides an all-in-one healthcare information technology platform that spans EHR, revenue cycle management, financial management, mobility, and business intelligence. HIMSS reported that HCS planned to exhibit.

Lifespace Communities Upgrades Wi-Fi

Four senior living facilities at Lifespace Communities, a CAST Patron, now have upgraded Wi-Fi thanks to Hotel Internet Services, reports Senior Housing News. Lifespace offers senior living for vital, purpose-driven individuals, at 12 communities in seven states.

Front Porch’s Innovation Featured

Senior Housing News recently featured an interview with Kari Olson, chief innovation and technology officer at LeadingAge Member Front Porch. In “How Front Porch Created a Culture of Innovation in a Senior Living Business,” Olson discussed Front Porch’s Humanly Possible culture, which asks its workforce to live, lead, and teach eight actions that the organization believes will increase innovation. 

Olson also shared the origins of the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, how Front Porch stays current in its search for new technology and budgets for technology, and its Alexa pilot with five communities. Looking to the future, she highlighted the importance of voice-first and engagement technologies, big data, and AI to senior living.