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GrandCare’s Home Health Technology CEDIA 2011 Presentations

Home Health Tech is Here to Stay Are you 2011 – final rough draft

CEDIA A How to Discussion – Scenarios 2011

Thanks all for coming to CEDIA 2011 and attending the Home Health Technology webinars moderated by Laura Mitchell, VP of Marketing for GrandCare Systems.
Above you will find the two presentations available for download!

Finding Opportunities for Health Care Technology Integration – Residential Systems Reports

Lee from Residential Systems does a nice job of discussing the opportunities in Digital Home Health. GrandCare’s VP of Marketing, Laura Mitchell & CEDIA’s Dave Pedigo weigh in on the dealer/integrator opportunities in home health technology and why the in-home health care providers should be listening…  NOTE: the technology called Health Fronts, should be HealthSense

RX Integration
By Lee Distad, September 6, 2011

Full story: http://residentialsystems.com/article/63422.aspx

inding Opportunities for Health Care Technology Integration

Technology is getting to the point where in-home technology can do things that help medical professionals monitor their patients remotely, long term.

In the AV and automation channels there are categories that are widely adopted, such as AV distribution, as well as ones that are less so, such as energy management. At least at present, home health care is a category that is in the latter group. But a partnership between CEDIA and manufacturers of these technologies is seeking to make it both better known and a successful profit center for integrators.

CEDIA’s director of technology, Dave Pedigo, has been personally embedded in home health care research for the past year. As he puts it, “The elevator to get on and understand the category would be to take away the technology for a second and look at sheer numbers: there are 100 million in the U.S. alone who are reaching retirement age. At the same time there’s a serious shortage of doctors: as many as 150,000 fewer than needed according to the Wall Street Journal.”

With the growth of an elderly population and decreasing number of medical professionals, the question becomes how that disparity is going to be handled. Pedigo explained that, “Technology is getting to the point where we can do things that help the medical professionals.” By which he means the ability to remotely monitor patients, long term.

The home health care market is very much in its infancy, according to Laura Mitchell, VP of marketing for GrandCare Systems. Although she warns that it’s not as undeveloped as some people might believe. “Maybe it’s better to say that it’s an adolescent with braces,” she joked, going on to assert that the category has been around for some while now and is seeing more vendors and more advanced technology.

Mitchell explained that when GrandCare was being developed in 2005 there were only three major players: GrandCare, QuietCare, which is now a part of GE, and Health Fronts. While educating the market is still ongoing, Mitchell said that it was more of an uphill back then, requiring her to get out in the field, telling people that the technology exists, and getting health-care professionals to accept it. “I went from place to place,” she said, “including long-term and in-home care providers, many of whom saw us as competition.”

Mitchell said that her mission was to teach health-care professionals that home health-care technologies are supplemental to the health-care workers, and not a replacement for the human touch. “A baby monitor is not a replacement for a mother,” Mitchell said, noting, “Our products enable a better standard of care and a bigger picture of wellness.” For example, a computer algorithm can see patterns of behavior and vital signs that a family member or in-home care provider might miss. That said, the system is simply reporting information. “The smartest part of the system is the caregiver who’s making assessments based on that information.” She concludes.

GrandCare Systems’ Laura Mitchell said that her mission has been to teach health-care professionals that home health-care technologies are supplemental to the health-care workers, and not a replacement for the human touch.

What it Means to Integrators

So why should integrators consider home health care? According to Mitchell, with an aging boom under way in the USA “This is something that has to happen, and must happen to assist Americans coping with the aging boom.”

According to Mitchell, there is a lot of education that needs to be done. As far as people outside the industry are concerned, home health care is synonymous with PERS, the Personal Injury Service, and better known by the iconic commercial tagline, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” Mitchell said. “One of the biggest hurdles is explaining that this category is more than that. With crisis management, you push a button and something happens. But that’s a reactive technology. Other solutions, such as what GrandCare focuses on are proactive, preventative solutions.”

It’s Mitchell’s assertion that prospective clients should not wait until an emergency to get a home health-care system in place. Rather, that they should be looked at in the context of ongoing wellness; using the feedback and data from the system for preventative care. “Think of these systems as being in place as ‘no news is good news’ systems,” she explained.

Technology continues to progress, with recent innovations including medication management and GPS-enabled reporting, for tracking when a subject has gone beyond their normal parameters.

“Some of the medication technology can dispense medication at the right time and provide health and dose advice,” Mitchell explained.”

Although she points out that without a throat camera, there is no verification that the meds have been swallowed. Even then, technology is being developed with tablets that can alert the system that they’ve been dissolved. While that remains a future technology, monitors that track blood pressure, bodyweight, movement around the house, including frequency of bathroom breaks, and sleep patterns exist now, and these provide care givers with a more complete picture of a subject’s well-being.

Pedigo suggested that there are dual issues in play that make home health care ideal for integrators. The first is that there is a large potential client base, which translates to lucrative recurring revenue opportunities. The other is the nature of the technology itself.

“I don’t think it can be cookie cutter, which makes it ideal for integrators; we’re used to installing motions and dry contacts, and we’re already installing other systems,” Pedigo noted.

CEDIA’s Role

So what’s CEDIA doing to help raise awareness of home health care with integrators? “Well, we’re doing a couple of things,” Pedigo replied. “We’ve formed the Home Health Advisory Group, which comprises manufacturers that are advising us on what we should be doing for the industry, and helping CEDIA develop training materials.”

GrandCare Systems Laura Mitchell says that one of the biggest hurdles to selling home health-care category, is explaining that it’s more than just, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” technology synonymous with with PERS, the Personal Injury Service.

A big part of CEDIA’s outreach is clarifying what home health care really means. “We’re taking this nebulous concept and honing it so that our members can sell it,” Pedigo explained.

At the moment, the home health-care field is wide open, yet with risks and unknowns that integrators will need to sort out.

“I think that at the moment there are few specific certifications involved, but I can foresee that changing,” Mitchell said. However, she pointed out that if integrators get involved with offering any healthcare devices, like blood pressure monitors, they have to be HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant.

“GrandCare has a HIPAA compliance officer, and we are teaching a course on this on September 7, 2011, before CEDIA EXPO begins,” Mitchell noted. This introductory course is an eight-hour session that covers everything integrators need to do to receive HIPAA certification. HIPAA compliance means that vendors are unable to sell to a dealer unless that dealer has achieved certification.

Mitchell also noted that integrators need to address the category with their commercial insurance provider, and be prepared to educate them. “From an insurance point of view there really are no rules yet,” she said. “The insurance companies still view it as a crisis system, like fire alarms, even though it isn’t that at all.”

Integrators may need to explain to their insurance carriers that they aren’t selling lifesaving devices; they are selling wellness devices.

And the business model itself may be more “industrial” than retail. Rather than being a quickbuck business, it requires cultivating connections in the health-care field and a potentially large list of decision makers who need to agree to the installation, including health care professionals and family members.

“Our dealers have an average of three meetings with the principal decision makers before a sale is made,” Mitchell said. “It’s not a quick cold call.”

As a result, she strongly recommends partnering with a care provider that specializes in aging, whether in a long-term care or a home-care capacity. Those partners understand how to have this conversation with prospective clients without sounding like a door-to-door salesman. “Dealers should stick to what they’re best at, which is the installation” Mitchell said. “A person who is used to dealing with the elderly has the patience and empathy that will help build your credibility.”

Lee Distad (www.leedistad.com) is an Edmonton, Alberta-based writer.


Brand New GC Med Tablet Unveiled at CEDIA: GrandCare Systems booth 4754

GrandCare is thrilled to unveil our latest portable tablet – GC Med Tablet at CEDIA!
Once again, GrandCare is proud to again sponsor the Future Tech Home Pavilion at CEDIA: BOOTH 4754.
GrandCare will also be moderating several of the Home Health Technology Sessions and GrandCare’s VP of Marketing, Laura Mitchell, will be leading a seminar on the How-To’s of in home health technology sales.

Portable GC Med Tablet

The GrandCare System will be shown in 2 locations on the CEDIA show floor and there will be three GrandCare Stocking Distributors exhibiting and ready to answer your questions at CEDIA: Home Controls (4754), JNL Technologies (4754) and Worthington Distribution (430)

The Future Home will be displaying a GrandCare System HomeBase along with a full range of sensor options including motion, indoor temp, door, bed/chair, telehealth (BP, Weight, Pulseox), Stove/Appliance Monitor, RxTender Medication Sensor, Big Red Buttons and more… You will also see the brand new GC Med Tablet within the Future Home Pavilion.

The show floor is open Thursday/Friday 9a – 6p – Saturday 9a – 5p

If you would simply like a demonstration of the system, you can stop by anytime or shoot an email to any of our authorized distributors to arrange a personal meeting.
1. JNL Technologies (www.jnltech.net) Booth 4754
2. Worthington Distribution (www.worthdist.com) Booth 430
3. Home Controls: Home Health Tech (gcdealers@homecontrols.com) Booth 4754

– For a Full Listing of Home Health Tech Events led by GrandCare Systems at CEDIA: http://grandcare.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/mark-your-calendars-home-health-tech-events-at-cedia-2011/

– Meet The GrandCare Staff & fellow AgeTek members for an informal No-Host mixer on Wednesday Sept 7th, 6-8p Pullman’s Lounge, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 123 Louisiana Ave

See you in Indy!!!!

Mark Your Calendars – – Home Health Tech EVENTS at CEDIA 2011

If you are interested in the home health technology market, then CEDIA is the place to be Sept 7-10th in Indianapolis.

Come for the exhibits, the educational courses & the networking. GrandCare is a sponsor again this year of the Future Home Pavilion and will be showcased throughout the CEDIA show  by Distribution partners, Home Controls, JNL Technologies and Worthington Distribution.

GrandCare will be leading three educational courses on Digital Home Health & the valuable dealer opportunities available in this emerging market. GrandCare is also coordinating a pre-CEDIA HIPAA boot camp session as well as a no-host networking session!   Mark your calendars now – – if you will be at CEDIA, you can’t miss THESE events!!!!!!

Wednesday September 7th:

2:00p – 3:00pm  ESCR039 Home Health Technology is Here to Stay…Are You?
Catalog #: ESCR039-10, Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Indianapolis Convention Center
Room 241
CEU Value: 0.50
Moderator: Laura Mitchell
Panelists: Tom Morgan, Peter Radsliff, Jim Gleason
In an economy where markets are drying up left and right, there’s one market that we can guarantee will only grow: The Aging & Technology Industry. This year alone, 7,000 boomers will turn age 65, increasing the demand for a new and sustainable “aging in place” model of care. Delivered by a true integration expert, the solution combines standard home automation and smart home technologies—complete with wireless tele-medicine, brain fitness, and socialization features. Learn about the future of aging and technology, why you should get involved, and how to start.  A la carte fees: Early $49/$99, Regular $71/$121, Onsite $85/$145  Register:  http://www.cedia.net/expo/expo11.att.register.php
4:00p – 5:30pm Pre-CEDIA HIPAA 90 minute boot camp (hosted by GrandCare Systems)
 Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Crowne Plaza at Union Station, 123 W Louisiana St, Indianapolis (Room TBA)
Get trained by GrandCare’s HIPAA compliance officer on what HIPAA is, what is means to DEALERS, why it is REQUIRED of dealers reselling telehealth devices,  and what t takes to be HIPAA compliant. This seminar is Wednesday, Sept 7th 4-530p at the Crowne Plaza-Union Station hotel in Indianpolis.  
$129 per person (discounts for GC Dealers). To reserve a spot, contact info@grandcare.com OR call 262-338-6147
6:00p – 8:00pm Pre-CEDIA DEALER-TO-DEALER MIXER!!! 
Pullman’s Lounge, Crowne Plaza at Union Station, 123 W Louisiana St, Indianapolis
Come meet the GrandCare Team and fellow AgeTek Members An informal NO HOST meet & greet at Pullman’s Lounge, Crowne Plaza-Union Station Hotel in Indianapolis, directly following HIPAA Boot Camp. 6p – 8p.  No RSVP needed, just meet us there! The GrandCare Team as well as AgeTek Board members will be there!

Thursday September 8th:

 9:00a – 6:00 pm Exhibits Open – – Visit the Future Home Pavilion Booth 4754 
 See an Exhibit Hall Map Here: http://www.mapyourshow.com/shows/index.cfm?booth=4754&exhid=319054&show_id=cedia11&userid=&lang=EN&locale=EN
 Press may Schedule an appointment for a demonstration: info@grandcare.com or download our GrandCare Press Kit: https://www.grandcare.com/presskit/
11:00a – 12:00pm  ESCR047 Home Health Technology Case Study: A How-To Discussion
Catalog #: ESCR047-7, Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CEU Value: 0.50
Indianapolis Convention Center
Room 231
CEU Value: 0.50
Instructor: Laura Mitchell, GrandCare Systems
We all know the statistics and can agree that technology and aging is the future, so now what? This
course takes you on a journey from choosing your home health technologies to promoting and
educating to sales and support. Prepare to see real-life case studies on how actual home automation
installers started their business, promoted, sold and supported this new caregiving network clientele.
Discuss why it’s not your ordinary sale and how you can be prepared for this brand new $20 billion
dollar market! If you think home health technology might be your next market, you cannot afford to
miss this rare opportunity!
A la carte fees: Early $49/$99, Regular $71/$121, Onsite $85/$145  Register:  http://www.cedia.net/expo/expo11.att.register.php
 Friday September 9th:
9:00a – 6:00 pm Exhibits Open – – Visit the Future Home Pavilion Booth 4754 
 See an Exhibit Hall Map Here: http://www.mapyourshow.com/shows/index.cfm?booth=4754&exhid=319054&show_id=cedia11&userid=&lang=EN&locale=EN
 Press may Schedule an appointment for a demonstration: info@grandcare.com or download our GrandCare Press Kit: https://www.grandcare.com/presskit/
3:00p – 4:00pm  ESD010-4 Digital Home Health – The Technology of Aging in Place
Catalog #: ESD010-4, Friday: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
CEU Value: 0.50 
Moderator: Laura Mitchell, GrandCare Systems
Panelists: Ken Kerr, Kip Meachum, Charlie Hillman
Get into the nitty gritty of the various technologies being used and integrated into independent living for
our aging population. Industry expert Laura Mitchell assembles a panel of manufacturers and ESCs to
discuss aging technologies, ranging from the Personal Emergency Response Systems (Think: “Help, I’ve
fallen and I can’t get up!”) to medication management, fall detection, Activities of Daily Living and
socialization/cognition. Anyone who wants to enter the home health technology needs to attend.
A la carte fees: Early $49/$99, Regular $71/$121, Onsite $85/$145  Register:  http://www.cedia.net/expo/expo11.att.register.php

Saturday September 10th:

9:00a – 5:00 pm Exhibits Open – – Visit the Future Home Pavilion Booth 4754 
 See an Exhibit Hall Map Here: http://www.mapyourshow.com/shows/index.cfm?booth=4754&exhid=319054&show_id=cedia11&userid=&lang=EN&locale=EN
 Press may Schedule an appointment for a demonstration: info@grandcare.com or download our GrandCare Press Kit: https://www.grandcare.com/presskit/


CEDIA EXPO is the leading tradeshow in the residential electronic systems industry. Attending CEDIA EXPO gives you an advantage over the competition by providing the latest technologies, FREE training on the latest products, and the industry’s best education with CEDIA University courses. CEDIA EXPO gives you the best strategies to profit in home entertainment, environmental control, energy management, green technology, home health, security, and more.

Register Now: http://www.cedia.net/expo/expo11.att.register.php

What is GrandCare Systems?

GrandCare combines ADL monitoring, tele-wellness assessment, senior social networking & cognitive assists into one easy-to-use system. GrandCare is highly customizable and can be set up to fit your needs exactly. There is no “one size fits all” model, so it’s easy to make sure each customer gets EXACTLY what he/she is looking for.

2011 CEDIA Future Technology Pavilion to Simulate Home Environment of Tomorrow

GrandCare is honored to be a sponsor (for the 2nd year in a row) of the CEDIA Future Technology Pavilion as well as be exhibited throughout the home.  Witness first-hand the GrandCare System telehealth Bluetooth-enabled devices (blood pressure, weight, pulseox, glucose), along with a medication dispenser and the activity of daily living smart-home sensors such as motion, temp, door, bed/chair, lighting, etc.  It’s going to be a highly interactive experience (participants will be able to touch/see/feel the entire Connected Home experience) with tour guides available throughout the home to explain the various technologies and how to get involvedFor a teaser home health tech experience, join the CEDIA sponsored July 26th FREE WEBINAR: Home Health Technology & You…in 60 minutes or less.    Register Here

Look forward to seeing you all at CEDIA!

GrandCare Systems

2011 CEDIA Future Technology Pavilion to Simulate Home Environment of Tomorrow

July 6, 2011


INDIANAPOLIS, IN – July 6, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) has announced details surrounding the 2011 Future Technology Pavilion that will appear on the CEDIA EXPO tradeshow floor.The Future Technology Pavilion first appeared on the CEDIA EXPO tradeshow floor in 2010. This year’s pavilion will simulate a future home environment with individual rooms showcasing technologies for the kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, home office and garage.

“The Future Technology Pavilion is designed to be a preview of how emerging trends will be integrated into home technology systems in the coming months and years,” said Dave Pedigo, Senior Director of Technology for CEDIA. “CEDIA EXPO attendees are getting a sneak peek at how they will be able to capitalize on these cutting-edge technologies in the near future.”

Highlights of this year’s pavilion include a video wall, smart appliances, wireless power for cooking and charging, and fully integrated home health and wellness products. The systems on display in the Future Technology Pavilion will represent a model of how new and emerging technologies will be integrated into the homes of tomorrow. Some products are just hitting the market, and others will be available within a few years.

The Future Technology Pavilion will be open during tradeshow hours, Thursday September 8 and Friday September 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday September 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A list of participating companies is available here. CEDIA will release additional details regarding the Future Technology Pavilion as the show approaches.

The CEDIA EXPO virtual registration brochure offers more information on the Future Technology Pavilion as well as other events planned for the show. Registration for CEDIA EXPO 2011 is open at www.cedia.org/expo. Early-bird registration discounts are available until July 15. For more information, visit www.cedia.org/expo or call 800.669.5329/317.328.4336.

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