New Company Brings Innovation To Long-Term Care

At Angel Care Nurse Registry we like to stay on top of the latest technologies having to do with the health-care industry, geriatric care, healthy aging, Alzheimer related clinical trials and much more. A company came across our radar we think is worth closer examination. Their name is INTERACT™ T.E.A.M. STRATEGIES, LLC and they describe themselves as a company that “provides high-quality training, education and consulting services to the long-term care industry using the Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT™) quality improvement program, as well as other quality improvement programs relevant to the needs of organizations seeking training and consultation. I-TEAM’s consultants bring their experience to collaboratively assist acute care hospitals, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, home care companies, and accountable care organizations.”

I am intrigued by their collective experience and founding personnel including LYNN M. OUSLANDER, JILL SHUTES, ARNP and JOSEPH G. OUSLANDER, M.D. Dr. Ouslander is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Geriatric Programs at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and Professor (Courtesy) at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at FAU in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He has experience as a Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he spent 15 years developing clinical, educational and research programs. From 1996 to 2007, he served as the Director of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Among Dr. Ouslander’s many achievements and contributions in the field of geriatric medicine and care is the creation and dissemination of Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT®), a quality improvement program that assists long-term care facilities and programs in improving care, and reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and their related complications and costs. Dr. Ouslander and co-director Ruth Tappen, Ed.D., R.N., Eminent Scholar in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing have been awarded nearly $5 million dollars in seven separate grants and contracts from various federal and private agencies including the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to further develop, disseminate and evaluate the impact of INTERACT.

INTERACT® is one of the initial company’s under the umbrella of Florida Atlantic University’s Tech Runway. FAU Tech Runway is an exciting, new South Florida public-private partnership formed to foster technology startups, through a collaborative workspace that is the place for entrepreneurs to find the complete ecosystem to house, educate, mentor and fund their companies from inception through venture funding.

These are some companies doing interesting things in our South Florida community. We will follow their progress and inform you about what education and/or technologies are out there that can help you. At Angel Care Nurse Registry we want to make your life easier. Letting you know what resources are available in your community is one way for us to do that.


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