Member News – March 2020

CAST | March 18, 2020 | by Donna Childress

CAST welcomes new commissioners and recognizes members in the news for expansions, new offerings, and impressive work—including an offer of no-cost services to fight COVID-19.

CAST Welcomes Three New Commissioners:

Derek Holt is EVP of Development & Chief Operating Officer at K4Connect, a Silver Partner with CAST Upgrade that creates solutions that serve and empower older adults and individuals living with disabilities. Previously, Holt was a member of the founding executive team at Startup America Partnership, a public-private partnership with the White House, and held a 10-year career at IBM. Holt’s technical and business leadership roles led to multiple patents and working with partners and customers in 25+ countries.
Joe Velderman serves as the Vice President of Innovation at Cypress Living, supporting Cypress Cove and Cypress at Home. Cypress Living is a LeadingAge CAST Patron and is the architect of innovative senior living solutions in Southwest Florida. Velderman has an external focus, leading IT-powered digital innovation while building and supporting the organization’s innovation capabilities. He is also responsible for all technology operations within the Cypress brand, guiding strategy and direction for all infrastructure, enterprise applications, and data initiatives.
Karen O’Hern is the Vice President of Product Management at iN2L, the leading provider of senior engagement technology and a LeadingAge CAST Supporter. She has more than 30 years of progressive healthcare experience, including overseeing direct clinical care providers, launching new technology products, standardizing cross-functional best practices, and consulting. At iN2L, O’Hern leads a team in the formulation and execution of a customer-centric strategy for bringing new solutions to market.

PointClickCare Honored, Gives Access to Carequality

PointClickCare, a LeadingAge Gold Partner with CAST Focus, has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2020, Yahoo! Finance reported. This is PointClickCare’s seventh consecutive year receiving this recognition, securing a place for them in the Canada’s Best Managed Platinum Club. The 2020 Best Managed program award winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $25 million, demonstrating investment in talent and technology, innovation in a competitive environment, and an increased focus on global competition.
McKnight's Senior Living reported that PointClickCare, a cloud-based software vendor for the senior living and long-term care markets, is aiming to help customers share clinical information with other healthcare providers by adding access to Carequality, an exchange framework that enables interoperable data-sharing among health networks and systems, as part of its base subscription.
In addition, Senior Housing News interviewed PointClickCare Vice President and General Manager of Senior Living Travis Palmquist to learn how senior living providers can use data to capture their “rightful seat at the table” in the care continuum. Palmquist also discussed the top areas where providers need to focus their data efforts in 2020 and what the “new normal” means today.

Ziegler Link-Age Academy Announces Expanded Demo Thursday Programming

The Ziegler Link•Age Funds have announced the Ziegler Link-Age Academy, an expanded and improved version of its Demo Thursday Programming, Yahoo! Finance reported. Ziegler is a LeadingAge Gold Partner with CAST Focus. The Ziegler Link•Age Funds invest in early to mid-stage, emerging-growth companies that are operating in or developing businesses focused on either the aging or post-acute care markets.
The Ziegler Link•Age Funds will host periodic series of weekly, web-based demonstrations of new and interesting technologies that could be used in the context of a senior living community or other healthcare organizations. With the release of the Ziegler Link-Age Academy, the program will continue to feature up-and-coming technology companies, but will add educational sessions, thought leadership, and presentations from the funds' portfolio companies.
Ziegler Link-Age Academy will now host webinars on Wednesdays with a target of 30 per year. The format will remain consistent with a 25-35-minute presentation, followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A. The events will remain exclusive to investors in the funds.

Caremerge Co-Founder and CTO Aziz Pens Article on People-First Tech Design

Fahad Aziz, the co-founder and chief technology officer of Caremerge, wrote an article published in Stria. In "What Silicon Valley Needs to Understand About the Longevity Market," Aziz suggested that entrepreneurs who adopt a people-first approach in designing technology for older people will see the most impact—and longevity.
He also shared things the tech world needs to keep in mind when designing for seniors. First on the list is figure out who’s using, who’s buying, and who’s funding. Next, respect older consumers’ privacy, incorporate social awareness into design, get to really know older adults, and understand that while tech’s potential is powerful, it’s also limited.
Caremerge, a LeadingAge CAST Supporter, offers an EHR and engagement platform that promotes wellness and inspires collaboration between residents, staff, and families.

Senior Living Executive Features CAST Members

An article in Senior Living Executive, "A Glimpse of the Wide Range in Senior Living Communications Tech," features two CAST members. Quotes shared a small sample of the communications technology products and services that abound in the senior living market.
Caremerge Voice, from LeadingAge CAST Supporter Caremerge, lets older adults get community-specific information about meals, events, maintenance requests, work orders, and more as easily and naturally as possible, said CEO Nancy Koenig.
LeadingAge CAST Supporter iN2L lets assisted living community staff create profile pages with content specific to individual residents' interests, said Jack York, co-founder with Leslie Sweeney.

HealthSignals Offers 12 Months of Maintenance and Monitoring to New Subscribers to Fight COVID-19

To help in the focused battle against COVID-19, CAST Business Associate HealthSignals announced it will provide, at no cost to new subscribers, a full 12 months of 24/7 maintenance and monitoring of their Medical Grade WiFi® platform for new agreements signed between March 5, 2020, and June 30, 2020.
The offer is for any CCRC (except for cottages/villas requiring U/G construction), assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility, or long-term post-acute care facility. The offer applies to HealthSignals Wi-Fi as a Service (WaaS) offering or capital projects.
Any facility that does not have a robust campus-wide Wi-Fi service operating throughout their community is eligible and encouraged to take advantage of this offer. Providing residents with access to their medical providers anywhere on campus may help prevent the spread of sickness. Cision PR Newswire carried the news.