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Covid-19 – Technology changes accelerate – some a work-in-progress

Note the wave of announcements of 'free' tech services and sea changes. A number of companies popped into my inbox in the past week with announcements of a period of free access to remote care/engagement technologies – including and in alphabetical order CareCentrix, CareTree, Ergo, Eversound, Outpatient, Ready Responders, NurseCaller, Touchtown, StaySmartCare and VitalTech. If your firm is in the remote care/caregiving space (health, telehealth, engagement), please comment or email and I will add to this list. And our family doctor’s staff initiated an offer of a Facetime (or Skype or Hangouts or other choice) for a follow-up visit instead of going into the office. Note the other ‘temporary’ change of reimbursement for remote (even telephone) visits, now fitting into the concept of telehealth. The ‘tipping point’ of telehealth is here – and tipping with a suddenness that is unnerving for overstretched vendors and most notably, difficult for providers who may lack the equipment and/or processes to deal with patients remotely, despite the risks to themselves with in-person interaction.

Rapid Deployment Wireless Nurse Call Kit created specifically for emergency situations

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RCare, Inc., maker of nurse call and monitoring solutions, announced today
the release of their Rapid Deployment Wireless Nurse Call Kit created
specifically for emergency situations. Designed for speed and ease-of-use,
RCare’s Rapid Deployment Kit installs in only five minutes and offers a
reliable, secure, 40-patient nurse call system in a box. RCare’s G4
platform provides best-in-class range to cover even the largest of campuses
and deepen building penetration.

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Startup Incubation Program Launching in Hartford

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Upward is global incubator with a vision to re-invigorate second-tier cities through a generation of innovators with ideas that are fostered through connection, learning and experience. Our foundation city, Hartford CT, is already host to one of our flourishing integrated communities. A thriving ecosystem serving as the core to our principal Upward City.

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Help Yelp serve families with information about nursing homes

Consider CMS Five Star Rating system and how it ‘serves’ families.  Rant on.  No doubt you know someone who was baffled at how a terrible nursing home gets a 4 or 5 star rating from CMS’s Five Star Rating System, while a good one can appear to have a lower rating, applied from an inspection before management overhaul several years earlier.  Why, you ask? Indeed.  Others have asked as well – noting the obvious missing link, family satisfaction with the nursing home, including dealing with the staff. For starters. Retiring outdated information, next. 

"Alexa, tell my nurse I need help." RCare Announces Integration

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WEBSTER, N.Y., July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- RCare, maker of advanced wireless nurse call systems, announced their official integration with Amazon Alexa smart home speakers for senior housing clients.


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Technology in Senior Care – Thoughts from a Chief Medical Officer

For a Chief Medical Officer, what role does technology play? Recently there was an opportunity to query executives in senior care, including Dr. Arif Nazir, Chief Medical Officer, Signature HealthCARE, who was asked about the technology impact on long-term care jobs.   The insights quoted here could be generalized, not just to Skilled Nursing Facilities, but to all types of care delivery – and are particularly notable in the context of last week’s New York Times article: "How Tech Can Turn Doctors into Clerical Workers.” As Dr. Nazir notes, it’s not just doctors who can be frustrated by over-emphasis on technology. Here are the questions and few observations about the work and the workers:

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