Member News – November 2019

CAST | November 20, 2019 | by Donna Childress

This month, CAST members boost interoperability, innovate and collaborate, unveil new initiatives, make new hires, and are quoted in the news.

PointClickCare Joins Carequality to Boost Interoperability

PointClickCare, a LeadingAge Gold Partner with CAST Focus, is giving its customers access to Carequality, a trusted exchange framework to enable interoperable data exchange between and among health data sharing networks and systems, as part of their base subscription. The effort further ensures customers can share clinical information with hospitals and other care team members. The company announced the news at its ninth annual PointClickCare SUMMIT, the industry’s largest vendor-hosted gathering of senior care professionals in North America, in early November.
“Our decision to make this investment is rooted in our desire to lead by example, raising the bar for other vendors to follow suit and do the right thing in the interest of driving better quality outcomes for providers and the seniors they care for,” said PointClickCare President Dave Wessinger.
PointClickCare represents the largest long-term and post-acute care network in North America, supporting over 60% of all skilled nursing facilities and over 10,000 senior living and assisted living communities. In the last year alone, more than 2 million patient records flowed through PointClickCare’s system, and over 1.4 million residents are managed every day on its platform. McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and HomeCare reported the news.

Philips, Sunrise, and Welltower Team on Next-Gen Senior Living in NYC

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, is collaborating with Sunrise Senior Living to bring state-of-the-art technology to benefit seniors and their families at Welltower’s flagship senior living community in New York City. Philips is a LeadingAge CAST Supporter.
Sunrise at East 56th is Manhattan’s first-of-its-kind assisted living and memory care community, serving as a premier technology showcase for seniors, helping to achieve wellness goals as well as supporting patients with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of memory loss.
The new community will leverage Philips Cares for Senior Living to transform care delivery through innovative technology including real-time resident locating, alerts and communications when assistance is needed, as well as wellness tracking. This alliance will enhance the experience of Sunrise at East 56th’s residents to positively impact staff efficiency and provide residents’ families with deeper connections to their loved one through digital technology. Yahoo! Finance carried the news. 

Sentrics Unveiled New Platform for Senior Living, at LeadingAge EXPO

LeadingAge CAST Supporter Sentrics, an emerging technology leader in the senior living industry, unveiled the Sentrics360SM platform of integrated technology solutions at the Leading Age Annual Meeting and EXPO, held Oct. 27-30, 2019, in San Diego, CA. PR Newswire carried the news.
The platform integrates innovative safety, entertainment, engagement, and analytics solutions to connect residents to caregivers and family members, while gathering actionable physical, medical, behavioral, and social data. It provides a 360-degree view of the well-being of each resident and delivers profound insights to help caretakers predict and prevent care events, provide better transparency for family and staff, increase length of stay, reduce healthcare costs, and produce healthier, happier residents.
The Sentrics360 integrated platform includes four components:

  • Ensure 360SM increases life safety by integrating Real Time Location Services (RTLS) to expand the function and efficiency of emergency call systems.
  • Entertain360SM provides customized, low-cost, high-definition cable TV and streaming options, plus ultra-fast Internet connections designed specifically for seniors.
  • Engage 360SM uses two-way communication through the same resident TV to connect residents with the senior living community, families, and the healthcare ecosystem.
  • Enrich360SM ingests data collected from the Sentrics360 modules and applies machine learning and predictive analytics to give caregivers sophisticated tools and visualized insights to improve decision making.

 Yardi Promoted Superior Care at CALA Convention

LeadingAge CAST Supporter Yardi® was a sponsor and exhibitor for the California Assisted Living Association (CALA) 2019 Fall Conference and Trade Show. The annual convention brings together more than 800 senior living leaders for discussions on workforce development, resident care, technology services, and public policy. It took place Nov. 4-6, 2019, in Palm Springs, CA.
On Nov. 6, Yardi® sponsored the new CALA Awards Celebration Luncheon. Recipients of the Excellence in Service Award were recognized for their dedication and commitment to senior living. CALA is the only association solely representing California’s elderly residential care facilities. CALA offers tools and resources to support day-to-day operations and quality care for residents.
Yahoo! Finance and STL News reported the news. Yardi® develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies and serves clients worldwide. 

HealthTech Quotes CAST Members on Senior Living Upgrades

Three CAST members were featured in a recent HealthTech article, “Senior Living Communities Upgrade Networks to Support New Devices,” which mentions major initiatives at those organizations.
Chip Burns, CIO of Sun Health Communities, said that infrastructure upgrades are often market differentiators for potential residents and their adult children. Sun Health Senior Living is a LeadingAge CAST Patron.
John Couture, vice president of IT for Lifespace Communities, said that to best serve seniors using personal devices, WLAN coverage must blanket every part of a residence, not just common areas, and that having wide Wi-Fi coverage is expected. Lifespace Communities is a LeadingAge CAST Patron, and Couture is a CAST Commissioner.
The article also mentioned “The 21st Century Senior Living Community,” a 2017 white paper from CAST Business Associate CDW that said scalable network solutions help nurture a fully functioning tech ecosystem and shift outdated views of assisted living.

Touchtown Hires Director of Finance and Human Resources

Amber Trusik has been named director of finance and human resources for senior living community technology company Touchtown, a CAST Business Associate. Trusik’s hire follows the company’s March acquisition by global hospitality company Uniguest, McKnight’s Senior Living reported.
In addition to typical finance and human resource responsibilities, Trusik will continue to oversee the smooth integration of Touchtown’s processes with the parent company and help the company stoke their continued growth. Before joining Touchtown, Trusik was an associate at the private equity firm Grouse Ridge Capital. There, she focused on investments in early-stage startups and assisted in investing in distressed companies.