ROSEVILLE, Calif., June 11, 2015 – Intel-GE Care Innovations™, a joint venture between Intel Corporation and GE Healthcare, today announced a partnership with Front Porch communities and the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing to measure the benefits of leveraging remote patient monitoring (RPM) with senior living residents.
Residents of Kingsley Manor in Los Angeles and Claremont Manor in Claremont, California, will use Health Harmony, Care Innovations’ RPM platform that simplifies RPM by providing intuitive and easy-to-use technology that enables individuals, clinicians, care providers, and family caregivers to collaborate for better care in the home – wherever home may be – and within normal daily routines. Initially, Health Harmony will be available to a group of Front Porch residents who may require a higher level of care and monitoring due to poor chronic condition management or following a return to a senior living community after a discharge from a skilled nursing facility.
“Health Harmony gives Front Porch a way to extend the care continuum directly to their residents while also supporting the independence they strive to deliver every day,” said Sean Slovenski, CEO of Care Innovations. “As the aging population continues to grow, it’s important that senior living communities are part of efforts to help people live healthier lives at a more sustainable cost. Front Porch is a forward-looking organization taking a fresh look at how technology can help them with resident well-being, which we know is one of their major priorities.”
Residents of Kingsley Manor and Claremont Manor who use Health Harmony will conduct daily health sessions to capture vital signs such as blood pressure, weight, oxygen levels, and glucose levels, subjective health assessments, and other information needed for caregivers to manage care plans, promote medication adherence, and remain on top of patients’ changing health. Residents also have access to a video chat platform through Health Harmony that enables a caregiver and the resident to virtually connect with one another to discuss conditions and assess a resident’s environment.
“Front Porch and Care Innovations share a common vision of technology-enabled care to help the aging population live well and remain healthy wherever they call home,” said Kari Olson, president of the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing. “Our partnership with Care Innovations opens opportunities for our communities to become more deeply involved in helping residents manage their health with new models of care in a way that meets their specific needs.”
RPM is a home health care strategy that allows a resident or patient to take blood pressure, weight, oxygen, glucose and other vitals readings with little or no help from a caregiver or nurse, and transmit these data to the provider who can proactively and appropriately respond to alerts before an emergency arises. According to the Center for Technology and Aging, “RPM technologies provide essential support for the coordination of care, behavior change (of providers as well as patients), and evidence-based decision support for patients.”
About Intel-GE Care Innovations
Intel-GE Care Innovations, a joint venture between Intel Corporation and GE Healthcare, connects the care continuum to the home and makes it easier for patients, family caregivers, and professional caregivers to interact and achieve better health at home.
Experts in technology and behavior change, Care Innovations identifies the best methods for health care providers and health plans to capture and integrate real-time data from the home into care delivery. The company’s fourth-generation remote care management solution, Health Harmony, delivers insights for timely intervention and superior patient engagement with patients outside the formal care setting. Health Harmony is built with a smart filter and predictive analytics platform that sorts the complex array of aggregated data captured from a wide array of sensors and sources present in the daily lives of consumers. Visit www.careinnovations.com to learn more.
About Front Porch
Front Porch is a not-for-profit support system for a family of companies that serve individuals and families through full-service retirement, active adult communities, affordable housing communities through CARING Housing Ministries and related management and development services. Front Porch active adult and full-service retirement communities offer a full range of options from independent living to skilled care, including assisted living and memory support in unique settings. Front Porch holds a BBB+ credit rating from Standard & Poor’s. With innovative communities and programs that meet the changing needs of people as they age, Front Porch represents a leading-edge approach to enhance wellbeing.
Specialized outreach programs like the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, Social Accountability in Action, Front Porch Gallery and affiliated Centers for Spirituality and Aging support the Front Porch belief in understanding and meeting the needs of the individuals and communities we serve. Front Porch’s ‘human serving’ capabilities are epitomized by its commitment to Humanly Possible℠, a cultural imperative that harnesses the innovative spirit of all of its staff in an effort to do whatever is humanly possible to meet emerging needs now and in the future.
Front Porch Communities and Services is comprised of 10 full-service retirement communities in California and two adult living communities: one in Louisiana and one in Florida. Front Porch also serves individuals and families through more than 20 affordable housing communities managed by Front Porch’s affiliate, CARING Housing Ministries. Front Porch, based in Glendale, California, and founded in 1999, is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to its residents and the communities it serves.
About Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing
The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing strives to harness technology solutions that support and enhance wellbeing in older adults. The Front Porch Center’s core initiatives focus on how technology can: assist in maintaining brain health; enhance social connectedness; promote engagement and growth; empower control over health and wellness; prevent emergencies or serious events; and increase resources and support for formal and informal caregivers.
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