FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday October 21st, 2020
Early Intervention Systems Announces Pilot Program with Artis Senior Living
Artis facilities and EIS partner together to bring Early Stage Agitation and Patient Monitoring technology to the forefront of quality senior care.
[Washington, DC]: Artis Senior Living today announced a new partnership with Early Intervention Systems. EIS will be conducting a new pilot program on-site at Artis facilities with the goal of providing higher quality care for residents with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) residents while also improving workplace security and technology for the facility’s health care workers.
“We’ve been working with Artis for 18 months and have been met with nothing but enthusiasm and hard work from their team,“says Nathalya Ramirez, CEO at Early Intervention Systems. “We’re excited to work together to bring cutting edge technology to Artis residents who will truly benefit from it.”
"The EIS solution will allow us to monitor residents closely and collect critical data. I'm excited and hopeful this will enhance quality of care, residents' well-being and prevent agitation from escalating. I see this being cutting edge technology for all memory care facilities." Kelly McNulty Executive Director, Artis Senior Living of Princeton Junction
Early Intervention Systems’ non-invasive technology is aiming to detect signs of agitation and anxiety in patients with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) prior to those patients recognizing it themselves. By partnering together, Artis Senior Living and Early Intervention Systems hope to provide the following benefits:
About Early Intervention Systems: Early Intervention Systems is a healthcare startup that has devised a system that can predict early stage patient agitation. By providing fast, accurate and reproducible information, we can tangibly measure and scale well-being for every resident or patient to ensure a positive experience with the highest quality of care. EIS participated in the 2020 GWU Summer Startup Accelerator Program to develop the company’s solution. Since its founding, EIS has been named among the top 25 Student Startups in the US by University of St. Thomas and was recognized as a Best Service Startup (2019 Draper Competition), one of the most promising Women-Owned Student Startups (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council), a 2019 Top 500 Deep-Tech Startups globally (Hello Tomorrow), and a Top 50 Student-Run Startup for 2019 (Baylor University New Venture Competition) among others.
About Artis Senior Living: Artis Senior Living is a leading developer-owner-operator of Memory Care Assisted Living residences with over 20 communities operating in 11 states, and many more in various stages of development throughout the United States. At Artis Senior Living, the mission is to provide the finest care and best everyday life for seniors who are in need of Memory Care Assisted Living through individually designed programs combined with a compassionate dedication to each resident’s comfort and needs. Stewart Bainum, one of the founders of Artis, was named CEO of the year by George Washington University’s School of Business and Public Management in 1997. Since the company’s founding, Artis facilities have gained recognition for their attention to care and high quality living experiences for seniors.
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month -- an opportunity to discuss the fact that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are a major public health issue. Pressing considerations of COVID-19 in memory care communities for aging loved ones are more present than ever. This month, we recognize the importance of education and support in providing needs for people living with dementia and their loved ones.
Currently in the US, 35% of all Covid-19 deaths are related to assisted living and nursing home residents and workers. While Alzheimer’s Disease does not increase the risk of a COVID-19 infection, increased age and associated health conditions such as dementia may pose a risk. The collaboration between caregivers, family members, and loved ones is essential in offering additional reminders in taking necessary precautions.
However, these precautions pose particular challenges for those living with Alzheimer’s Disease. In an interview with P&T Community, Angela Olea of Assisted Living Locators CEO, RN commented, “For those with loved ones battling Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia at home during COVID-19, this may be an extremely challenging time.” The reality that many relatives cannot visit their loved ones in an assisted living or in a nursing home has been devastating, as discussed in an NPR interview. The importance of regular updates from workers caring for the patient, along with phone calls or video chats, has been discussed among family members. Promoting brain health during a global pandemic is a challenging but necessary course of action during this time.
The Covid-19 outbreak has shown a huge need in proactive prevention rather than reactive measures. Our systems of predicting early stage agitation can improve testing, contact tracing, and proactive preparedness at a very early stage. EIS is joining advocates, volunteers, health professionals, caregivers, and family members to wear purple and fight Alzheimer’s disease this June.
On Saturday October 5th, Early Intervention Systems (EIS) officially launched their venture after proudly walking with friends and family in the Alzheimer's Association of Greater NJ Chapter's Mercer County Walk to End Alzheimer's. This October communities across the country are partnering with the Alzheimer's Association to participate in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's, the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care and research. As part of their mission to improve the quality of care, especially in memory care communities, Team EIS raised over $2,000 in its first two weeks of fundraising for this event. By the end of the year, the team hopes to raise more than $5,000 in support of increased access to care, funding, and research for the Alzheimer's Association.
Early Intervention Systems' official launch follows almost two years of committed efforts to improving their technology, competing at startup competitions, and researching markets to identify early stages of agitation. Throughout the startup's journey, they have grown as a team while committing to their mission and values. Our team consists of four GWU students and recent graduates, along with several advisors that are helping to bring this product to the market.
EIS is proud to bring on Jeff Borghoff, who will serve as our patient advisor due to his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of 51. Partnering with Jeff and the Alzheimer's community, EIS hopes to raise the standards of care across healthcare facilities.