ATLANTA – SimpleC, a digital platform for seniors and people with cognitive impairments or chronic conditions, is hoping pilots with several senior living facilities will expand its customer base and improve patient outcomes.
Henry Ford Village, a senior living facility in Dearborn, Michigan with more than 900 residents, will conduct a pilot program using SimpleC’s Companion solution with 20 independent living residents who have chronic diseases. McLaren Health Management Group of Davison, Michigan will also conduct a pilot using Companion starting this month with about 20 patients.
“Our technology fills a gap in care and gives seniors the ability to live more comfortably at home,” said Kevin Lasser, CEO of JEMS Technology, which markets SimpleC.
The SimpleC Companion, built on IBM Watson application program interfaces, is a touchscreen app that promotes memory, engagement and better communication, said Dan Pompilio, president and CEO of SimpleC. It can be activated on its own several times a day as a reminder for medications, activities and meal times.
The SimpleC suite of technology also includes: Companion Family Connect, a tool that families and friends of a senior or person with cognitive impairment can use to upload photos and videos and to record voice messages that their loved ones can play on their Companion app; and Companion Clinical Connect, a solution with advanced analytic capabilities that clinicians use to monitor groups of patients.
SimpleC currently deploys its therapies in 10 states to more than 50 senior care facilities, and is working with visiting nurse and home health service agencies, affordable care organizations and health insurance companies.
Several of the senior care facilities have reported a 60% decline in dementia-related behavioral symptoms from patients who are using Companion and some have decreased the use of sedative drugs by 95%, said Lasser.
“Because Companion can be used on smart devices it’s scalable,” said Lasser. “We’re having so much fun with this because we are helping people, so we’re going to keep going.”