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EHX Home Health Tech Pavilion – GREAT SUCCESS!!

Just returned from 5 days in Sunny Orlando (at least they tell us it was sunny) – wouldn’t know, we spent the entire time at the Electronic House Expo at the Orange County Convention Center! And wow – what a great show for the home health technology industry!

Overall, the show attendance was down. We had heard this and wondered what the show would have in store for us! We really couldn’t have been busier, so it really said a LOT about the shift towards home health for the dealers in this industry.

We arrived on Tuesday morning and spent the entire day in the Peabody, revamping GrandCare dealer training for the next day.

Wednesday, we arrived at 8am for GrandCare Authorized dealer training! The room was abuzz as 30 NEW GrandCare dealers loaded in ready to SPEED train as we powered through about 15 hours of material in 7.5….

Great session, the session went great and the dealers were very interactive and seemed to gain a lot of information!!

ON Thursday at 10am, the EHX show floor opened. It appeared to be about less than half of what it was about 2 years ago. A sign of a bad economy, that’s clear. The silver lining is that the people that DO come are the decision makers AND the ones TRULY interested. We had many dealers that came up and said home health tech is the ONLY reason they attended EHX. A truly positive sign for this industry!

GrandCare was pounded ALL day Thursday by interested dealers – we had an extra large booth with 5 GC reps(represented by a few GC staff and Home Controls (Strategic Dist Partner) and Elder-Watch (Master dealer)).

The first panel session moderated by Laurie Orlov was a huge success. It was standing room only as the 4 panelists from GrandCare Systems, Celery, LogicMark and Halo Monitoring explained their products as Laurie Orlov moderated (recap here: http://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/aarp-and-those-boomers-recareerers-and-home-related-professionals)

Later Thursday afternoon, GrandCare hosted the weekly agetech call LIVE FROM THE EHX FLOOR!!! Using a mic and webcam, GrandCare’s Laura Mitchell (host of the agetech call and VP Chair of the AgeTek Alliance board) hosted the weekly call from the GrandCare booth and interviewed other aging and technology vendors as well as some of the interested dealers.
Recording (including video) http://my.dimdim.com/view2/all/grandcare/default/138cae63-c640-42c4-9748-2888bdf11e5e

End of Day One – GREAT SUCCESS & Many Many Leads to show from it. 17 of us from the Aging and technology pavilion went out to celebrate with dinner and drinks at a local watering hole!!

Friday – Day Two…to be continued…

ASA/ Boomer Summit wrap-up

Got back late Friday night from the ASA and Boomer Summit In Chicago! It was an exciting, exhausting and fun-filled, action-packed 3 days.

Thursday morning was an AgeTek board meeting – getting ready for the big launch later that day. Thursday afternoon was when the boomer summit boot camp sessions began.

I spoke on a panel about social media and how to best use it for business. It was a 3 hour panel. After that, I rushed to the AgeTek launch down the hall.

It was our official AgeTek Industry Alliance meeting! Standing room only – it was an enormous success! Everyone was enthusiastic and ready to work together – a truly historic step for our industry! We all left with tshirts and directly after this had to head to the speaker reception put on by Mary Furlong & Associates.

After a full day and evening of networking, great conversations and new friends, we turned in.

Friday was the Boomer Summit – GrandCare had an exhibit table, but we also had to work the speaker rooms, helping moderators get started and set up in the beginning of each session.
Lunch with the experts was wonderful & after the last sessions ended at 5p, we all headed to the summit wrap and networking session.

All in all, very glad to have gone! We caught up with industry folks like, Laurie Orlov, Donna Cusano, Susan Ayers Walker, Karen Klein – fellow tech colleagues & agetek members: halo, mygait, presto, wellcore, verizon, jnl technologies, home instead…

and of course my fellow AgeTek board members: Peter Radsliffe, Michele Ahlman, Jill Gilbert, Bud Myers

A great ending to a great week! Now on to this week – we will be reporting live from Orlando – the Electronic House Expo will be going on and GrandCare will play a significant role in the home health tech pavilion.

Wednesday, we are hosting 25 new GC dealers for GC dealer training. Authorized dealers may attend as a refresher for a small fee, learn all about our new multi-resident features.
Still have a few seats available, email gcsales@homecontrols.com to sign up.

Many educational presentations by GrandCare, please check ehxweb.com for schedules.

Laura Mitchell
Dir of Business Relations
GrandCare Systems

Complimentary passes to EHX & ASA

GrandCare has a 5 passes for EHX for give-away! March 25-27 (www.ehxweb.com first come, first served! Email: info@GrandCare.com

GrandCare still has a few seats available for GC Auth Dealer Refresher training Wed March 24th. Authorized dealers only. To ensure a seat- email gcsales@homecontrols.com

Going to ASA in Chicago this week? Laura Mitchell will be speaking during the social media panel on Thursday 130-430 and then Laura and Gaytha Traynor (cofounder of GC) are helping to launch the AgeTek Alliance Thursday (3-18) 430-6p.

Stop and introduce yourself! Hope to see you!

What you Can’t Afford to Miss at EHX 2010

Where is EHX Spring 2010 http://ehxweb.com/
March 25th – 27th, 2010
Orange County Convention Center
West Building – Halls A1-2
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Home Health Tech Participants include:
GrandCare Systems
Presto Services, Inc
Sponsored by: GrandCare Systems

The Schedule of AgeTech Events!!! Did I miss something (please post a comment on the bottom for me to add to the list)

Wed March 24th
Thurs March 25th
10:00AM – 6:00PM Exhibits Open
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ROOM New Opportunities Pavilion
CE Pro – Home Health: Technology Hot Seat Panel Discussion
Learn the different types of technology that are currently being used and integrated into independent living for our aging population.
Moderated by Laurie Orlov, Aging in Place Technology Watch
Speakers: Gaytha Traynor (GrandCare Systems), Neil Grabowski (Celery), George Kanelos (LogicMark), Pam Martin (Halo)
LIVE FROM EHX Weekly AgeTech Conference Call Hosted AT EHX!! Please contact: Laura@grandcare.com to sign up to speak as an EHX attendee/exhibitor. We are looking for speakers to talk for 5 minutes during the LIVE FROM EHX conference and discuss what they are seeing, their impressions of the EHX show, and of course, discuss their personal interests in home health technology! PLEASE CONTACT LAURA to sign up for a speaking slot!
Friday March 26th
9am – 1030am ROOM 203B
When Grandpa wants the Cadillac! GrandCare Systems
This training session led by GrandCare Systems, discusses the latest home health technology: GrandCare Systems. A holistic combination of 4 “Smart Home” technologies: Activity Monitoring, Telehealth Assessment, Connectivity/Social Networking and Cognition into one easy-to-use system to help a loved one “Age Responsibly” at home! Using a series of wireless protocol-driven (Zwave/Bluetooth) sensors, GrandCare generates automated alerts to care-partners if anything seems amiss (vitals abnormal, medication noncompliance, someone does not get out of bed, etc.). Meanwhile, family can electronically send pictures, youtube videos, messages, music, emails and more to a dedicated SIMPLE-to-USE TOUCHSCREEN in the loved one’s home. Learn how you can do WELL by doing some Good!
10:00AM – 6:00PM Exhibits Open
1p – 2pm Room: New Opportunities Pavilion
CE Pro D2D – Healthcare Reform: Opportunities in Home Health Technology
Moderated by Julie Jacobson, CE Pro
Speakers: Paul Ebaugh (Elder-Watch), Jason Ray (Simply Home)
430 PM – 530 PM Room: CE PRO Stage
Developing Your Sales and Marketing Plan to DIVE into the $20 billion aging & tech market!
Speakers: Laura Mitchell (GrandCare Systems), Peter Radsliff (Presto Services, Inc.)
Saturday March 27th
10:00AM – 3:00PM Exhibits Open

Consider joining us at EHX 2010 as an attendee or home health tech exhibitor


GrandCare is sponsoring the Home Health Technology Pavilion and will be speaking on a few of the educational tracks! We are seeking both tech vendors and dealers to come and join us and learn why they cannot afford to not ride the aging tsunami!!

Have you heard the news — EHX has dealers from every state in the country registered to attend the show in Orlando. That’s right; they see and understand the overwhelming value of attending EHX Spring, March 25-27, 2010. Can you afford not to get in front of 2,000 dealers who have paid a registration fee to attend the show? We don’t think anyone can really pass up this year’s event. We’ve overcome all your concerns, so come jumpstart your year by exhibiting.

The dealers won’t pay to attend an expo?
That’s an easy one. EHX is more than an expo; it’s the path to growth. Serious dealer are registered and they are coming to Orlando. Over 1,500 CEDIA classes have already been reserved as part of the New Opportunities Pass. Believe us when we tell you dealers see the value.

57% of EHX attendees are Executive Management
A total of 68% hold Management titles

EHX is not in my budget
We’ve developed lots of ways to help you get in the show. Just ask us. We have discounts on hotels and reductions in your contractor costs to help you out. In addition, we have cost effective turn-key exhibit options that can be staffed with just a single person. You need to be there, so let’s talk!

Where’s the quality?
Another easy one. Did we mention that everyone is paying to attend EHX Spring this year? That means there are serious decision makers attending show. It’s not about the quantity; it’s about the quality.

58% of pre-registered attendees are final decision makers
A total of 84% have a role in either recommending, specifying, or deciding on new products or vendors

Get involved with EHX and find new business in 2010.

Contact Susan Celli today at scelli@ehpub.com or 800-315-1581 x312 to learn how cost effective EHX Spring is and how we can drive sales for you in 2010.

The Aging Tsunami will Float All Boats – NEW Aging/Tech Consortium

Ever wonder why the Burger Kings always move across the street from McDonalds? Or the hair salons comprise one whole corner of town? It’s the concept of co-ompetition. The reason we have malls. Because once the Burger King moves across the street from McDonalds, both restaurants do better.

Here’s a prime example of two competitors working together from a logistics standpoint: Nestle and Mars have been sharing trucks to deliver combined loads of chocolate. In just 11 weeks, over 60 loads were combined with approximately 7,500 miles of duplicate truck journeys eliminated.

This same concept can be used across the industry, including in the aging and technology industry.
In fact, I feel like even more-so in this industry, where SO much education is required. Consumers don’t not only not know what the product is, they also need to understand why they need it. The trick is, we’re not replacing anything concrete, it’s something new. Like when the Internet first came about to consumers in the ’90s and business people needed to be convinced that the Internet was probably a good idea and conceive of how they were going to use it to better their businesses and make life easier for their employees.

We have decided to start up our own aging & technology industry consortium. No official name yet, but it’s going to be an organization where we all join (it’ll be extremely cost-effective to join) and combine efforts. Together we can target big goals (large marketing/advertising campaigns, lobbying for remibursement, educating the market as a whole on the use of technology for our aging population, research & focus groups, business plan implementation for LTC communities, etc.

This idea was born a few months back on one of our weekly aging & technology conference calls. The topic that week was co-ompetition and was being led by Presto! CEO, Peter Radsliff. He spoke about the concept of all of us working together and something clicked with everyone on that call. Everyone got very excited and enthusiastic. A real concept had been born! After that call, we continued to think through this idea. I started mulling the idea with Michael Sarfatti from Smart Silvers (who had also been on the call). He told Susan Ayers Walker (founder of Smart Silvers) and it’s history from there. Susan set up a time and place for all of us to meet within the exhibit floor at CES. About 15 of us met, spoke, shared our visions & passions and started running from there.

Please consider joining our effort & reaping the benefits!!! For more information, please contact me: info@grandcare.com

In support of co-ompetition, we are hosting a technology and aging pavilion at EHX (Electronic House Expo) in March This is open to any and every vendor (and dealer to attend) in the aging and tech industry!!! We are still looking to find other vendors to fill the pavilion so we can make a big splash. Included in each kiosk within the pavilion will be a presentation area along with presentation time and some educational tracks/panels for dealers.

Thanks and remember, The Aging Tsunami Will Float All Boats!!!!


As you may know, GrandCare is sponsoring the Home Health Technology Pavilion at the Electronic House Expo in spring.

We are putting together a pavilion of technology vendors to showcase the latest dealer installed home health technologies. We also are providing a dealer track with sessions relevant to the aging and technology industry. Sessions include basic demographics, statistics and a general introduction to this industry, why you should want to be a part of this 20 billion dollar industry and a “how to” in marketing to this industry (includes making your own business plan in the class)

Registration for this is now open! We also invite technology vendors to contact George Keegan from EH Publishing to join in our home health tech pavilion. This pavilion will receive media attention and will make a big splash in the new opportunities show at EHX.
George Keegan
800-375-8015 x229

Registration NOW OPEN: http://www.cepro.com/article/ehx_spring_2010_registration_now_open/?utm_source=CEPWeekly&utm_medium=email

11.23.2009 — Electronic House Expo (EHX) announced today the official launch of EHX Spring 2010: The New Opportunities Show, being held March 25-27, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.

EHX Spring 2010, produced by CE Pro, is delivering on its goal of a one-of-a-kind event experience which will lead custom electronic professionals toward the new growth opportunities being created in the changing economy.

For 15 years, CE Pro has been the first to deliver the latest and most important business developments, technical guidance, resources, news, and current events in the industry. With more than 200,000 readers a month, CE Pro is the leading source for news and information in the custom electronics industry.

EHX Spring 2010 is produced by the same voices behind CE Pro to bring together the innovation, creativity, skills, and real-life experiences of custom electronics integrators across the country.

EHX and CE Pro have listened to the needs, concerns, and wishes of thousands of custom electronics professionals and understand how hard custom integration companies have been hit over the past two years. In response, EHX Spring 2010 is presenting opportunities in seven growth markets:

* Home Health Tech
* Smart Energy
* Commercial
* Retrofit
* Recurring Revenue
* Digital Media
* Custom Electronics

“Over the years, CE Pro has been at the forefront of the next big thing in custom electronics, and EHX Spring 2010 is no different,” says Jason Knott, CE Pro editor-in-chief. “These new growth opportunities will change the CE industry, and those who attend EHX will stay one step ahead of their competition with the knowledge and experience they gain in Orlando. If you can choose just one event in 2010, EHX Spring is the most important to attend.”…

EHX Spring 2010 Will Add Home Health Technology Pavilion Partners with GrandCare Systems to create education and product introduction experience in rapidly growing sector. image

Press Release: EHX Spring 2010 Will Add Home Health Technology Pavilion
Partners with GrandCare Systems to create education and product introduction experience in rapidly growing sector.

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09.24.2009 — FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Electronic House Expo (EHX) announced today that GrandCare Systems will sponsor the Home Health Technology educational track and pavilion at EHX Spring 2010: The New Opportunities Show, being held March 24-27, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.

GrandCare, a leading provider of high-end, in-home health technologies and vocal advocate and educator to dealers and policy makers, will assist with the development of the conference sessions and anchor the Home Technology Pavilion on the Expo Floor.

EHX Spring 2010, produced by CE Pro magazine, is delivering on its goal of a one-of-a-kind event experience which will lead custom electronic professionals toward the new growth opportunities being created in the changing economy.

Themed “The New Opportunities Show,” EHX Spring 2010 will feature Home Health Technologies as one of six major areas identified by the editors of CE Pro to represent real revenue growth prospects. In addition to the Home Health Technology Pavilion, EHX Spring 2010 will dedicate technical, business, and free product training relevant to the multi-billion dollar market.

“An aging population is driving demand for technology that will allow seniors to remain in the homes and self-sufficient. This creates new opportunities for our audience, and partnering with GrandCare Systems to anchor our efforts makes perfect sense,” said Jim Wagner, General Manager of EH Events. “We are excited by their participation not only on the Expo Floor, but also in the development of comprehensive educational training that will equip our attendees with the knowledge to best serve this growing market.”

Some have referred to this new aging phenomenon as the inevitable “silver tsunami” as the senior population is expected to double over the next two decades. According to a 2005 AARP study, 89 percent of homeowners over 45 years old wanted to stay at home.

“We are passionate about the use of technology to simplify and enhance the caregiver experience. Technology helps us remotely assess activities of daily living, wellness, vitals, medication access, sleep patterns, and general cognition. It is an accepted fact that social connectivity and brain fitness are critical for healthy aging,” said Gaytha Traynor, co-founder of GrandCare Systems. “That’s why we have combined monitoring, communication and cognition technologies into one product that is personally delivered to clients by professional dealers and installers.”

EHX Spring 2010 will also focus on:

* Alternative/Smart Energy
* Commercial
* Retrofit
* Recurring Revenue
* Digital Content

Attendees will benefit from the most relevant, timely and actionable business and technology development sessions delivered in new informal, interactive and personal formats. EHX Spring will expand the view on the potential of new revenue sources through a variety of dealer and industry-lead panels and super sessions, as well as a packed Expo Floor focusing on the hottest new technologies.

Registration for EHX Spring 2010 will be open in the fall of 2009. Event details are available online at http://www.ehxweb.com.

For exhibiting information, contact George Keegan at gkeegan@ehpub.com or (508) 663-1500 x229.

For all media inquiries, please contact Jessica Camerato at jcamerato@ehpub.com or (508) 663-1500 x296.

Every year GrandCare exhibits at EHX *Electronic House Expo.  It’s always been a great show for us and has given us many dealer leads, new dealer sign-ups.  EHX is hosted in Orlando every March and caters to a wide variety of integrators, dealers, installers, etc.  These dealers are often interested in getting involved with this new market (home health technology), especially when there are residuals/recurring revenues involved for them. http://www.ehxweb.com/spring2010 This year’s conference will be March 24-27 2010.  Over 8,000 industry professionals and hundreds of exhibiting companies participate in this show every year.
The theme of the 2010 conference is “New Opportunities”.  Many dealers are coming to learn about the home healthcare market and how they can get onboard.  I am creating a home health technology pavilion along with a few conference sessions for dealers about this industry, demographics, technologies available, etc.  I will do significant marketing to gain exposure before the event, and to ensure good dealer attendance.  In the past, dealers have come to EHX ONLY to learn more about these opportunities.   And with the changing times, we expect these numbers to increase significantly. Included in the booth will be a presentation stage with mic and a/v equipment so each vendor will have some presentation time to demo/present the product to a larger audience.  You will be able to do this multiple times throughout the show.  Booth space, carpeting, electricity, signage, etc. will all be included as well.
I am going to keep the all-inclusive exhibiting cost very reasonable and with our technology companies united, we will have a strong presence and large pavilion space.
I am in the beginning stages of getting participants together, submitting press releases, arranging for radio interviews and setting up session speakers.  We are seeking dealers to attend the conference sessions, learn more about the market and opportunities with home health technology.  We are seeking exhibitors and potential speakers for our panels and conference sessions.
Please contact me for more details.  262-338-6147
Laura Mitchell
GrandCare Systems