Shelbyville, IN Based LifeShare Tech. Goes Up Against Eli Lilly in Health Tech Category for Prestigious Mira Award

LifeShare Technologies, located in the Shelbyville, IN Accel IN Building (a 50,000 square foot business start up incubator space, also the location of Ivy Tech Shelbyville) has been nominated for the prestigious Mira award in the High Tech Category and will be going up against an impressive list of companies including Eli Lilly.  The following is an excerpt from the Tech Point announcement:

TechPoint, the voice and catalyst of Indiana’s tech ecosystem, has announced the nominees for its 16th annual Mira Awards presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors, which recognize and celebrate the best of tech in Indiana each year.

Winners will be announced at a masquerade-themed, black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, May 2, at the JW Marriott.  Note that May 2, is rescheduled from the previously announced date of March 21.

For the second consecutive year, more than half of the applications came from first-time companies, schools, organizations and individuals who had never before entered the Mira Awards. Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint, said that the high participation-rate by newcomers is a reflection of the growth of tech in the state and a healthy startup scene. READ MORE…

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16th Annual Mira Health Tech Award Nominees:

BioPoly
Diagnotes, Inc.
Eli Lilly and Company
Extension Healthcare
GRACE Team Care
hc1.com
Indiana Health Information Exchange, Inc.
Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services and CORE
IV Diagnostics
KinaSense LLC
LifeShare Technologies
Periodic
Regenstrief Institute
Tactic
Telamon Corporation, Medical Solutions Division

LifeShare Technologies…

The short story

We created an easy to use tool that collects various forms of communication for our aging loved ones (LifeShare). Then, we built a community information system and notification platform for senior communities (CommunityShare) that integrates with the personal system. And we are not stopping there.

The long story

Like many, we were faced with aging loved ones needing additional care and assistance. Moving into a community that focuses on their well-being and needs is often a consideration. “Can they stay independent?” “Do they need in-home services?” “Would assisted living be the right thing?” Regardless of the decision, we saw an area that needed to be addressed.

Social engagement and communication is challenging, no matter the living environment. We did what many have done. We bought a computer, and tried to teach the basics of email, Facebook and many other commonly used communication tools. After dealing with viruses, formatting hard drives, hours of “tech support,” and an unwillingness to learn ever-changing technologies, we realized there was a need for something simpler.

As experienced professionals in the software industry, we were ready to see if we could help solve this problem. With the assistance of The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC), and other area agencies on aging, we began building a solution targeted to our aging loved ones.

Deciding that the television was the most commonly used and available device, we chose that as the first platform. We knew the interface and experience had to be beyond easy. We have focused great effort and detail on making sure the experience is both gratifying and simple. From independent living seniors, assisted living seniors, memory care residents and more we have had many get great value from the LifeShare system.

As we brought the LifeShare system into senior living communities, we began to see another communication need; one far beyond resident rooms. We began to see need for community staff to communicate in a more public forum. So, we developed a community information system on the exact same technology that residents use to get messages from their family and friends. Enter, CommunityShare.

CommunityShare is built on the same basic principles that LifeShare was developed from. Easy to use, efficient, targeted to seniors, and reliable. From a web-based management system, community staff can now share information with residents and families on common area TVs. In addition, it can serve as a pretty powerful marketing tool by using its streaming video capabilities. Imagine taking control of the community information system monitor to show a prospective family a video about the food or activity services your community offers.

The question then came to us: what about memory care (Dementia / Alzheimer’s Care‎) residents? Someone who is struggling to even remember the slightest of tasks may not be as equipped to use all aspects of the LifeShare system. Enter, MemoryShare.

The MemoryShare system provides some of the basic features of LifeShare that can be operated by a family member or during one on ones with staff. With MemoryShare, residents can view family pictures (Reminiscence), play math and association games, and listen to a variety of therapeutic music (including sundowning) programs available. These activities have been found to be very helpful for loved ones in memory care communities.

So here we are today. We have what we believe to be the industry’s best communication tools that are focused on quality of life and community engagement for senior communities. We are continuing to enhance the services to better serve the needs of senior communities.

We would love to talk with you and share more about LifeShare Technologies.

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