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CAST | March 14, 2017 | by Donna Childress

Members form partnerships among CAST Partners, Patons, and Business Associates, receive honors, and publish articles. They announce a Senior Living Forum March 29-30, a new Senior VP, and new technologies such as small nurse stations.

Jewish Home Family Highlights Robotic Pets
The Jewish Home Family's Jewish Home at Rockleigh in Rockleigh, NJ, a CAST Patron, highlighted robotic pets along with live pets on Feb. 14, 2017, at its first-ever Rockminster Dog Show. The show, which also included live pets, was featured in the Feb. 22, 2017, edition of McKnight’s Senior Living. The robotic pets, called companion pets, have sensors that react to sound and touch.
“These robotic pets have earned a place in our hearts as well as in our therapeutic recommendations,”  Jewish Home Family President and CEO Carol Silver Elliott was quoted as saying. “We have long witnessed the magic and effectiveness of pet therapies, and these realistic robotic dogs and cats have allowed us to extend many of the benefits of pet companionship.”
Jewish Home Family Partners with iN2L and Functional Pathways
CAST Patron Jewish Home Family, of Rockleigh, NJ, and CAST Supporter iN2L (It’s Never 2 Late) of Centennial, CO, are partnering to introduce computer units with innovative touchscreen technology. iN2L includes hundreds of applications for recreation, social connection, memory care engagement and billable therapy. The Jewish Standard featured the partnership in "Senior-focused Computer Systems a Quick Hit at Jewish Home Family."
“With the iN2L, we can facilitate activities that are cognitively stimulating, physically engaging, entertaining, and much more,” Jewish Home Family President and CEO Carol Silver Elliott told the Jewish Standard. “From live webcams in places like the San Diego Zoo to flight simulator programs, from trivia and history to wellness activities, we have really put these to good use in the first weeks that we’ve had them.” Feedback from residents has been strongly positive.
In addition, CAST Business Associate Functional Pathways developed a Virtual Rehab Program (VRP) for the Jewish Home Family. Functional Pathways, based in Knoxville, TN, provides contract rehabilitation and therapy management services. The two organizations gained some ink in, when they first unveiled the VRP.
This video gaming technology provides enhanced physical therapy and exercise for residents. Sensors project the resident's body onto a screen as the resident plays a game. Together, the resident and therapist then can work on balance, coordination, range of motion, and cognitive activities.

MatrixCare Names New Leader of Corporate Development Activities
LeadingAge Silver Partner with CAST Focus MatrixCare®, the nation’s largest long-term post-acute care technology provider, based in Bloomington, MN, has appointed Stephen Pacicco as its senior vice president of corporate development. Pacicco serves as a member of MatrixCare’s executive team and has full responsibility for MatrixCare’s corporate development efforts. He reports to MatrixCare President and CEO John Damgaard.
Pacicco served as CEO and director of SigmaCare from 2006 to 2016, leading the business through substantial growth and expansion. Prior to SigmaCare, he served in various executive capacities with Amicore and Pfizer. Pacicco holds an MBA with Honors from Columbia University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.

RCare Announces BCube Nurse Station for Smaller Communities
RCare, a CAST Business Associate, has announced a new offering for small assisted living communities and the nearly 8,000 skilled nursing communities with fewer than 100 beds. The BCube nurse station is designed specifically for facilities that have smaller budgets for nurse call technology. BCube functions like the nurse stations of the larger RCube products and acts as the central server for the community. The technology was featured in the March 5, 2017, issue of McKnight’s and in The Business Journals.

"There are virtually no technology options designed for these small senior campuses," said Myron Kowal, CEO of RCare, which is based in Rochester, NY. "We saw an opportunity to take all of the features of our flagship nurse call technology and scaled it to a smaller comprehensive package, customized and priced for this demographic."

The BCube reports sensor information and alert statuses. It also provides the important accountability capabilities of the larger systems, including analytics, big time reporting and the RPhone "I got it" caregiving accountability tool.

With the BCube, the facilities get the benefits of the thoroughly developed, tested, and supported functionality of the larger RCare solutions with a customized, re-engineered, and redesigned platform to serve fewer beds. They also receive the best analytics and reporting tools available, at a fraction of the cost.  

RCare also recently announced several corporate growth initiatives for 2017, from new executive team members to new client collateral and service offerings. All were announced at the McKnight's Online Expo, March 14-15, 2017, for which RCare is a sponsor.

Systems Engineering Advises on Windows 10 Security Upgrades

The New Hampshire Business Review recently ran an article authored by Adrian Wells, a senior network engineer with CAST Business Associate Systems Engineering, entitled "Windows 10: Should my business upgrade?" Published in the Feb. 23, 2017, issue, the article explains the security features of Windows 10 to help businesses decide whether to upgrade. Those features include the following:

  • One Operating System for Everything:  OneCore is more secure because it includes the networking, power management, security, authentication, cryptography, device management, storage, and a handful of other essential components that everything else is built around.
  • Biometric authentication.
  • Built-in data protection for bring your own device (BYOD) scenarios.
  • Defense against malware.
  • Data encryption: Windows 10 now supports self-encrypting drives (SEDs). And best of all encryption speed has been dramatically increased.
  • The article also addresses the importance of keeping end-of-life/end-of-support for your existing product or service in mind, which may indicate it’s time to upgrade to Windows 10.
  • Systems Engineering, based in Portland, ME, also recently hosted a lunch-and-learn event on this popular topic.

Yardi Senior Living Forum Set for March 29-30

CAST Business Associate Yardi will offer the Yardi Senior Living Forum March 29-30, 2017, at its offices in Santa Barbara, CA. The smaller event offers a more focused presentation of Yardi products designed to meet the specialized needs of clients working in the senior living industry. Participants can gain deeper insight into the Yardi Senior Living Suite, including Voyager Senior Housing, Yardi EHR, Senior CRM and RENTCafé Senior Living. 

The forum will include education and networking. It will benefit operational staff, including executive directors and administrators, clinical directors and healthcare professionals, sales and marketing staff, and business managers. A full conference registration includes access to specialized training sessions, roundtable discussions, breakfast and lunch buffets, and an opening night reception.
Yardi Named One of 10 Fastest-Growing Cloud Solution Provider Companies
In December 2016, Insights Success magazine named CAST Business Associate Yardi to its list of 10 Fastest Growing Cloud Solution Provider Companies. “Yardi Systems is leveraging cloud technology to enhance both the consumer and professional experience with real estate engagement. Yardi is equipped with the resources to upgrade the technological aspect of nearly every real estate vertical,” the magazine stated.
Anant Yardi, founder and president of Yardi, was recognized for his pioneering efforts in the industry. Insights Success stated, “His vision is the driving force behind the development of effective and innovative software solutions for global real estate portfolio management.”
The recognition follows another major honor for Yardi in 2016. In September, the company was named to the Forbes inaugural Cloud 100, the definitive list of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world, developed in partnership with Bessemer Venture Partners. Yardi was also named to the National Apartment Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, where he is only the third inductee.