GrandCare Systems forms new medical advisory board

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For immediate release March 17, 2015

GrandCare Systems, a pioneer in digital health and remote monitoring technology, is excited to announce the formation of a medical advisory board chaired by Dr. Erick Eiting, MD, MPH, MMM, Chief Medical Officer. The purpose of the group is to become better aligned with key members of the healthcare industry in an effort to become more proactive with gathering trending medical information. Dr. Eiting said, “I am excited to be selected as chair of the grandCARE advisory board. GrandCare Systems continues to grow and evolve in so many ways, and I feel that our discussions will continue to make grandCARE an innovator when it comes to development of new medical technologies and align with the needs of the professional health care industry.”

The company is focused on leading the way by partnering with several medical professionals who together along with the grandCARE leadership team, will form this medical advisory board. The group will meet quarterly to discuss new opportunities and trends in the health care industry. “Healthcare and digital health technologies are a constantly fluid, and ever-changing entity. In order stay one step ahead of the curve, we felt it was important to get our information directly from leading medical professionals. We believe that this advisory board will give grandCARE a competitive advantage in the telehealth marketplace by keeping abreast of the latest medical trends and allow us to better serve our customer needs” said Charlie Hillman, Chief Technology Officer and Founder.

 

 

About grandCARE:

GrandCare Systems LLC, founded in 2005, offers the most comprehensive and holistic professional care giving and health coordination tool on the market.  grandCARE is a large touch platform which provides health instructions, secure video chat, wireless vital recordings and analytics, medication compliance, activity sensing, and family communications into one intuitive and expandable platform.  grandCARE focuses on true individual centered care, enabling better experience, better engagement, and better outcomes. For more information, visit: www.grandcare.com or call 262-338-6147.

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Amy Schwengels       262.338.6147   media@grandCARE.com

Kiplinger Report Highlights grandCARE in new report

Technology Helps Seniors Remain at Home

Most of us want to remain at home as we get older, but safety and health issues and social isolation can interfere with that plan. A growing number of seniors are turning to state-of-the-art digital tools — via smartphones, GPS, voice activation and sensors — that enable them to stay put indefinitely.

……By 2017, experts expect this market to reach $30 billion. “The aging-in-place technology field is exploding,” says gerontologist Katy Fike, who co-founded San Francisco-based Aging 2.0 in 2012 to advise start-ups geared to boomers and seniors…

 System Comp HR11-13Randall Schafer, 61, of Houston, Tex., uses his grandCARE system to Skype with his mother, 90. (She just pushes a button to videochat.) “My mom is in love with our dog, Daisy,” Schafer says. Her “face lights up” when she sees the schnauzer, he says.

Keeping in touch. You might be able to stay in your home, but you can get lonely. Technology can help you feel connected to friends and family — and sometimes even to medical professionals.

With an interactive touch screen from grandCARE Systems (www.grandcare.com, 262-338-6147), you can look at a photo of a grandson’s Halloween getup or a video replay of his baseball home run. You can listen to music, play word games, read the news or surf the Internet. No need to know how to use a computer

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Randall Schafer, 61, of Houston, Tex., uses his grandCARE system to Skype with his mother, 90. (She just pushes a button to videochat.) “My mom is in love with our dog, Daisy,” Schafer says. Her “face lights up” when she sees the schnauzer, he says.

An added feature: The system can transmit health data, from glucose and blood pressure to weight and oxygen readings. For example, a blood pressure cuff with a wireless Bluetooth medical device will record and relay the readings to caregivers…

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grandCARE featured in Improving Seniors’ Home Safety Through Software IndustryView

Improving Seniors’ Home Safety Through Software
IndustryView | 2015 

Some vendors, such as grandCARE Systems, cater to average families and home health agencies alike. These vendors’ products and services include sensors that can be configured to send out alerts, wireless touch screens to facilitate communication for seniors, telehealth support and more.

Accidental falls are the leading cause of deadly injuries among older adults, many of whom are especially vulnerable living alone. Software Advice surveyed older Americans and their families about home safety measures to determine how technology can help assess and address potential fall hazards. Home health care agencies can use these findings to discover software-enabled strategies for creating a safe environment in patients’ households.

Key Findings:

  1. Over one-quarter of seniors surveyed (28 percent) do not plan to save money for home modifications, such as handrails, that would make their home safer.
  2. Thirteen percent of seniors have installed handrails and/or grab bars in their house, making this the most common home safety modification among our sample.
  3. A combined 20 percent of adults with senior parents are interested in receiving, or already receive, electronic safety updates from a home health clinician.

“Sensor technologies, in particular, are very inexpensive now compared to what they used to be,” says AARP’s Makowka. He says similar kinds of digital solutions may be making their way into the mainstream as they become less expensive and more user-friendly.

“[Software and hardware vendors] that position their solutions around keeping people healthy, happy, empowered and engaged will do much better than ones that are focused on fear and dread about aging,” – Jeff Makowka, AARP

Introduction

According to the AARP, nearly 90 percent of adults over 65 years old would like to live in their current house as long as possible. But while home is where the heart is, it’s not always a safe place for the rest of the body. Over time, an innocuous piece of furniture can become a dangerous obstacle for aging Americans who are experiencing sight deterioration, declining mobility and/or decreasing mental acuity…

“Technology plays a very essential role in helping older adults age at home,” says AARP’s Director of Thought Leadership, Jeff Makowka. “In some ways, technology can overcome the physical limitations of the space where people have been living for a long time.”

In this report, we’ll highlight some examples of software-driven solutions that home health caregivers can implement. These solutions can help both clinicians and their clients minimize risks inside the home…

Some vendors, such as grandCARE Systems, cater to average families and home health agencies alike. These vendors’ products and services include sensors that can be configured to send out alerts, wireless touch screens to facilitate communication for seniors, telehealth support and more.

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Telehealth, which is the use of technology to support remote medical services, has been particularly effective for provider OhioHealth Home Care. Hardware and software is used to transmit patient health data directly to OhioHealth, without requiring a nurse to be present in the home.

Clinical Coordinator Nia Corbin says these efforts have helped reduce the number of client hospitalizations…

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