CAST Supporter, Patron and Associates Convey Industry Impact

CAST | March 13, 2018 | by Donna Childress

Alan Bugos of Philips shares three ways IoT advances population health management, Westminster-Canterbury studies impact of digital tablets, Activated Insights compiles inaugural FORTUNE “Best Workplaces in Aging Services” list, C.C. Young hosts 2018 Spirit is Ageless Awards, and HCS exhibits at HIMSS18.

Bugos Shares 3 Ways IoT Advances Population Health Management

A recent article by Alan Bugos, CAST Commissioner and Head of Technology and Innovation for Home Monitoring at LeadingAge CAST Supporter Philips, was published in CIO Review. "Three ways IoT is Advancing Population Health Management" notes that Internet of Things (IoT) is helping to make meaningful sense of patient data and is important to the engagement of caregivers, clinicians, and payers as we transition to a data-driven value-based care model.
Bugos writes that IoT supports efforts to provide seamless patient care in three ways:

  • Increased patient engagement: We will soon see IoT play a bigger role in the analysis and use of data collected from wearables. The everyday wear of these devices, generating patient-specific data, when analyzed can assist with timely interventions and circumventing a catastrophic health event.
  • Reduced costs of care: By incorporating IoT, patients can get help faster, clinicians can receive insights and analysis quickly, and a significant portion of the cost is removed from the equation.
  • Enhanced interoperability: As IoT becomes an integral part of patient care, the interoperability of various data formats between devices and platforms will need to evolve. Enhanced interoperability will enable better data sharing across one’s caregiver circle, both informal caregivers and health providers, and empower patients to feel a greater sense of control over their health data.

Westminster-Canterbury Studies and Implements Digital Tablets

LeadingAge CAST Patron Westminster-Canterbury has been recognized for joining a clinical study on the impact of 24/7 engagement with a touchscreen digital tablet—and for its project to deliver more than 100 tablets to its nursing care center by July. Tablet distribution began in February at this senior living community in Virginia Beach, VA.
Using computer tablets improves the psychological well-being of seniors, local study shows” appeared in The Virginian-Pilot and says every element of the tablet is based on three years of research studies. The tablet comes with music, video, games, television shows, travel, therapeutic content, an app to connect families and residents, and an easy way for residents to view schedules and sign up for activities.
“The research showed it significantly improved the quality of life and psychological well-being of seniors,” CEO Benjamin Unkle told the paper. “Once we knew it worked, we knew it was the right thing to do for our residents. We wanted to set a moral example for the rest of the industry.”
Partners included Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Wesleyan University and TMM Solutions, which created The Birdsong Tablet. The study and tablet were named in honor of Westminster-Canterbury Foundation board members and research funders George and Sue Birdsong.

You can check out The Birdsong Tablet at PEAK’s BaseCamp Interactive Exhibit, March 18-21. Register today!

Activated Insights Compiles First-Ever FORTUNE “Best Workplaces in Aging Services” List

Activated Insights, a new CAST Business Associate, is leading the effort to build the first FORTUNE Magazine "Best Workplaces in Aging Services" list. Activated Insights CEO Jacquelyn Kung was featured in a recent article in Senior Housing News. Activated Insights is based out of the Great Place to Work corporate campus in San Francisco.
This new FORTUNE list will create positive attention for the industry as a whole, said the article.
Kung told Senior Housing News that the list likely will recognize smaller companies as well as large ones and a mix of employer types. It will also enable the industry’s organizations to benchmark themselves against the other companies that participate in the Great Place to Work process.
So far, organizations representing more than 150,000 employees reportedly have applied. They encompass independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, home healthand CCRCs, plus Area Agencies on Aging, PACE programs, and others.
To be eligible for the list, a company must meet certain thresholds and be deemed “certified.” Each submitting organization receives a program manager to assist with the application, and at least 55% of its employees must complete a survey within a two-week period. Applications are due by June 18, 2018. 

Artist JD Miller to Speak at C. C. Young’s 2018 Spirit is Ageless Awards & Celebration

CAST Patron C. C. Young, a non-profit senior living community, will hold the 2018 Spirit is Ageless Awards & Celebration at The Point at C. C. Young on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The event is open to the general public and all participants in the 2018 Spirit is Ageless Art & Writing Contest.
This year’s featured speaker is JD Miller,Reflectionist artist and co-founder of Samuel Lynne Galleries, who began his painting career 20 years ago. Using three-dimensional oil, Miller conveys his sense of freedom, his joy in the miracle of creation, and the synchronicity of the universe.
The annual contest, art gallery showand celebration of artists and writers began in 1999. It has 19 categories and unites the community to showcase each person’s ageless artistry, the capability to thrive, and ambition to share their creativity with the public.
Residents of C. C. Young and the general public, age 55 and better, are encouraged to enter. Entries will be accepted March 27-28, 2018, at The Point at C. C. Young lobby from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

HCS to Show Clinical & Financial IT Platform at HIMSS18

CAST Business Associate HCS, a leading provider of enterprise-wide and easy-to-use clinical and financial technology solutions for long-term acute care hospitals (LTACH), senior living, and behavioral health facilities, will exhibit at the HIMSS18 Annual Conference & Exhibition. This year’s conference will take place in Las Vegas, NV, March 5 -9, 2018. PRWeb shared the news. HCS will be at Booth #5230 in the expo hall to present demonstrations and answer questions throughout the event.
The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition is the health IT conference where 45,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world connect to learn, innovate, and collaborate to transform health andhealth care through IT. HIMSS18 boasts over 300 educational sessions; 1,300 vendors; hundreds of special programs; and endless networking events.
HCS has become the information system of choice for numerous multi-site providers of LTACH, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and long-term care providers. The ability of HCS Interactant to automate revenue cycle, standardize EMR, and consolidate information across multiple facilities is catching the eye of many organizations whose outdated HIS have not continued to evolve. HCS is based in Wall Township, NJ.

You’ll also see HSC at the LTPAC Health IT Summit, June 24-26, in Washington, DC. Register to join us.