11/12/18: Engaging caregivers lowers readmissions by 25%

Family caregivers play a critical link in the recovery of a loved one with complex medical conditions. In fact, over 43 million Americans act as a primary caregiver to a loved one in need. However, caregiving can be a burden. Caregivers spend over $218 billion in out of pocket expenses each year. Worse yet, 62% of caregivers have no instruction, 50% experience relationship strains, and 80% fall into depression. This leads to caregiver burnout, and can have serious impacts on the health outcomes of patients in need.

Luckily, there is an answer. Research shows that the simple act of engaging family members in the care of a loved one can lower 90 day hospital readmission by up to 25%. The problem is that, until now, there have not been scalable solutions for engaging caregivers that are easy and helpful for patients, families, and providers to use. genusConnect is here to solve that problem. With the genusConnect platform, patients can share medical information, manage tasks, schedules, and medications, improve communication, and make real time observations that all roll up into an easy to use care report that can be shared with care professionals. Now, with genus, families can care better, together, lowering stress, improving outcomes, and increasing quality of life.

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10/30/18: Patients, physicians, recording visits at an increasing rate

Studies show that the simple act of recording discharge instructions can lower readmission rates by up to 15%. For many patients and providers, the benefits of recording complex medical instructions is already obvious. Research shows that 30% of physicians and 19% of patients have reported recording a medical visit on their own phone. But we can do better. The digital health revolution is driving new opportunities, with 80% of US adults owning a smartphone, and 87% of smartphone users already using at least one digital health device.

To capture this opportunity and provide better care for all, genus has introduced careVoice. With careVoice, patients can now record and reply medical conversations right on their own phone, and then securely share those conversations with family members and caregivers. Now, when a loved one is discharged from the hospital, everyone is on the same page, ensuring that person has the right information for their care and lowering stress for everyone involved.

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10/03/18: Recording discharge instructions lowers readmission rate by 15%

We all forget important information, an unfortunately medical information is no different. Most patients forget as much as 80 percent of what their doctor tells them as soon as they leave the clinic, says a study in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. And nearly half the information they say they do remember, they remember incorrectly, says an Utrecht University study. Unfortunately, this can have major consequences for patient outcomes, as education is one of the top five influencers of readmissions. The problem is even worse when a patient relies on family caregivers, when multiple people need access to accurate information.

However, there is solution. Research has shown that the simple act of recording discharge instructions can lower readmission rates by up to 15%. The problem is that existing methods of recording are not secure, and they are difficult to share and playback at home.

Until now. With careVoice from genus, patients can now record and reply medical conversations right on their own phone, and then securely share those conversations with family members and caregivers. Now, when a loved one is discharged from the hospital, everyone is on the same page, ensuring that person has the right information for their care and lowering stress for everyone involved.

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10/03/17: genus, Inc. advances to semi-finals for the Eighth Annual Accelerate Michigan Competition

The stage is set for the 8th Annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, the state’s largest convening of high-growth, high-tech companies and venture investors. Today, 36 innovative startups from a variety of high-growth sectors including advanced materials, manufacturing, alternative energy, business services, consumer products, information technology, life sciences/healthcare, media, mobility and more, learned they are this year’s semifinalists.

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9/25/17: State of Michigan awards a Business Accelerator Fund grant to genus, Inc.

The State of Michigan has awarded a $23,000 Business Accelerator Fund grant to genus, Inc., a Detroit-based technology firm focused on solving the challenges faced by family caregivers. The Business Accelerator Fund grant, administered by Techtown, is supporting marketing efforts of the company’s genusConnect™ mobile app ahead of product rollout. The grant further solidifies Michigan’s position of supporting caregivers following the implementation of the Michigan CARE Act in July 2016, which aims to support and equip family caregivers with information and training they need to care for loved ones. Click on the title to read more.

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8/1/17: PM360 | genus, Inc. provides caregivers with peace of mind

Helping to care for parents as they get older can be stressful for families. Not only do they worry about the well-being of their parents, but they also struggle to coordinate with siblings, doctors, neighbors, or any other caregivers who are helping to ensure the patient is getting everything they need.

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6/9/17: SOC pilots app for caregiving families

During a community event Wednesday, June 7, Services for Older Citizens will launch genusConnect, an app that allows caregivers to provide better care for loved ones.

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6/7/17: Caring for Mom and Dad Goes Digital with Launch of genusConnect™ Mobile App

Coordinated care for loved ones just got easier with the launch of genusConnect™, an open platform mobile application. Designed to create communities of care around every person in need, genusConnect™ offers caregivers shared access to a variety of resources in one easy-to-use dashboard.

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A guide for innovators – research from a nationally representative sample of America’s 40 million family caregivers – AARP

Future Tech: Standing Wheelchair

Imagine if those who are wheelchair bound could use new technology to see their loved ones eye-to-eye. This video explores the possibility.

Peace of Mind in One Feature: Last in Touch

When you launch genusConnect™, the first feature you’ll notice is Last in Touch. It’s no accident. At genus™, we know that much of the constant worry caregivers face comes from one simple question: is mom ok?

Come Prepared for Doctor’s Visits with genusConnect™

What are the dosages of your current medications? Is there a history of heart problems in your family? It can be difficult to remember the answers to these any other questions regarding your own medical history, let alone that of another person that you care for.

Alexa, How’s Mom? Advanced Care through Smart Home Technology

Imagine the scenario: mom wakes up and gets out of bed. Triggered by the motion sensors in the room, Amazon’s Alexa chimes in, “Hi Mary. How did you sleep?” Mom lets Alexa know that she didn’t sleep well because her back was hurting, and Alexa updates the members of mom’s genusConnect™ community of care and makes a note in her medical report.

Medicare Reporting at the Touch of a Button: genusConnect™ Meets Code 99490

genusConnect™ is the first app of its kind to offer a care plan that’s Medicare compliant with 99490, the code for chronic care management. The adherence is significant – it means that genusConnect™ is able to provide benefits to all who use it, including physicians, patients and their families.

Future Tech: Smart Home Robot

Check on those at home, make sure doors are locked and more with smart home robot technology.

One App, Infinite Resources: The Art of Open Platform

To the non-developers among us, the phrase “open platform” doesn’t mean a whole lot, but for many of us, it’s a large part of the everyday user experience. iPhone and Android users will readily admit that our phones can’t do a whole lot without the web of applications we’ve come to depend on.

Caring from Afar with genusConnect™

Near or far, caregivers want to know what they can do to care for the one they love. For those in other cities, states and countries, caring from a distance can pose more questions than answers – how is dad doing? What are his vital signs? How did his doctor’s visit go?

Future Tech: Sock Helper

For those with limitations in mobility, socks can be one of the most difficult articles of clothing to put on. This simple device helps users put on socks without bending down.

Health 2.0 Recap: What’s Next in Tech and Trends

genus™ was on-site the 10th annual Health 2.0 Conference, which brought together more than 2,000 digital health decision-makers to accelerate health care’s next big ideas.

Sleep Data a Window to Overall Health

From Apple to Sleep Number, big names (and little ones, too) are dominating news headlines with the latest sleep monitoring technologies to hit the market.

Deloitte Offers 16 Weeks Paid Leave to Caregivers

As The Washington Post reports, Deloitte recently announced a paid leave policy offering employees 16 weeks of fully paid family leave. The offer goes beyond new parents to any employee with caregiving responsibilities – be it to a child, parent or a spouse.

Nearly 21 Billion Connected Devices Anticipated by 2020

According to consulting firm Gartner, the number of connected devices worldwide – 6.4 billion this year – will more than triple by 2020.

How genusConnect™ Helps

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About genusConnect™

Founded in 2015, genusConnect™ is an open platform mobile application aiming to build a community of care around every person in need. The application’s dashboard offers peace of mind at a quick glance, detailing the person in need’s personal interactions, conditions, current medications, appointments and more.

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