Raising Tech, powered by Parasol Alliance

Raising Tech, powered by Parasol Alliance

Raising Tech is your guide to understanding the role technology plays in your community, where to invest to transform culture, and how to bring your team and residents along the journey. Tune in for tech trends, hot topics and meet the people behind the tech landscape in senior living to gain practical technology knowledge you can apply in your community today. Powered by Parasol Alliance (www.parasolalliance.com), The Strategic Planning & Full-Service IT Partner Exclusively serving Senior Living Communities.


September 20, 2022 26 min

In this episode of Raising Tech, our host Amber Bardon sits down with Brandon Buster, Director of Sales at Lee Insurance Agency, and Ryan Preuss, Chief Technology Officer at Parasol Alliance to talk about the growing importance of a cyber-security strategy in senior living.

Learn what cyber-security really means, the impact on senior living communities, and what steps organizations should be taking to minimize the frequency and impa...

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In this episode of Raising Tech, our host Patrick Leonard sits down with Corey DeGeorge, VP of Product & Services, and Marc Tumminello, Director of Sales, at Heart Legacy.

Heart Legacy helps senior care organizations leverage video to generate leads, convert leads into new residents, and turn those residents into powerful referrals.

Learn how they leverage being the #1 rated video app in senior care, to allow senior living comm...

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Occupancy is and always will be a top priority for senior living communities across the country. More often than not, an older adult and their family members' initial introduction into educating themselves about their options comes from the internet - in particular, a community's website. In this episode of Raising Tech, our host Patrick Leonard sits down with Evan Friedkin, Head of Business Development at Roobrik.


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June 30, 2022 23 min

Virtual Reality is here to stay in the senior living space. In this episode of Raising Tech, our host Amber Bardon sits down with Carrie Cusker, Director of Innovation & Strategy, and Yasmine De Aranda, Head of Marketing, of Embodied Labs

Embodied Labs’ first-person Fully-Immersive via Virtual Reality (VR) headsets and Web-Immersive via Browser experiences allow caregivers to step into the shoes of the people they care for, pr...

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June 8, 2022 31 min

Before COVID, there were 2.9 million front-line post-acute caregivers across the country. In early 2020, 15% of this workforce left the industry, with experts predicting a shortage of 1.8 million caregivers by the year 2023. In this episode of Raising Tech, our host Amber Bardon sits down with Charles Turner, Founder and CEO of KARE.

Often referred to as the “Uber of staffing”, KARE’s mission is to transform caregivers and nurses in...

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May 12, 2022 21 min

Today, there are more devices connected to the internet than there are people on the planet. This exponential growth will continue for the foreseeable future, and the older demographic will continue to have higher expectations when it comes to technology in their living space. In this episode of Raising Tech, our host Amber Bardon sits down with Keith Stewart, Chief Growth Officer at K4Connect, where they specialize in creating sim...

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With 70% of claims in senior living being related to resident falls, it is vital to ensure your communities are taking every measure to ensure safety and wellbeing. Leveraging artificial intelligence can help your staff take a proactive approach to fall prevention, giving your residents and their family members peace of mind. In this episode of Raising Tech, our host Amber Bardon sits down with Deepak Gaddipati, Co-Founder & CT...

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With senior living new construction back on the rise in 2022, it is more important than ever to keep pace with the rising demand for technology innovation sparked by the pandemic. Having a defined technology roadmap integrated into new construction planning from Day 1 is crucial for the backbone of a fully integrated and operational community.

In this episode of Raising Tech, our host Amber Bardon sits down with Greg Hunteman, Pres...

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A staggering 80% of people over the age of 85 experience hearing loss, but only 1 out of 5 who could benefit from a hearing aid are using it. This creates a gap of over 60% people who remain unplugged from their environment. As a result, this barrier leads to increased social isolation, decreases in quality of life and ultimately comorbidities and negative long-term health outcomes. The good news is, there are technologies that can...

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January 12, 2022 23 min

Telehealth, telemedicine, virtual care, eConsult, store-and-forward….are all new terms that have been introduced to the senior living field recently and providers can quickly find themselves feeling overwhelmed by the various approaches and applications to meet their residents, teams and health care provider unique needs. However, the introduction of telehealth has been a game-changer in clinical care delivery for those who have ad...

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December 9, 2021 25 min

Have you ever wondered how an idea with a strong ‘why’ can grow into a multi-million company touching countless people in the senior living field? Jack York, iN2L’s fearless Co-Founder, has earned a respected reputation in senior living for his charismatic, mission-driven approach in building an organization around the idea that it’s never too late for a fulfilling life. The impetus for what became iN2L was a philanthropic idea to ...

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November 10, 2021 31 min

On Ep 5 of Raising Tech, Rachel Lugge is joined by Haider Mahmood, Senior Director of Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean, Virginia. Haider describes the journey their team embarked on to cultivate the right buy-in from residents for new technologies and the right mix of hands-on technology support this military community needed to ensure the technology they were bringing to their campus had true sticking power. Haider descr...

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Laura Edwards, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at Clark-Lindsey in Urbana, IL joins Amber Bardon and Rachel Lugge of Parasol Alliance to discuss the most critical components of designing a resident technology strategy that will support the needs and expectations of future residents. Laura shares the Clark-Lindsey technology journey and how they are working to cultivate a culture of innovation that truly empowers residents...

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September 9, 2021 22 min

Karen Lehman, CEO and President at Mennonite Health Services, a not-for-profit membership organization, joins Raising Tech host, Amber Bardon to discuss the advantages of developing and utilizing a tactical technology roadmap. Karen begins by describing a common scenario. After a leadership change, the organization needed to discern the future direction of the system. Karen was tasked with leading this effort. Through an employee a...

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Episode 2 of Raising Tech is all about the art and the science behind building strategic partnerships in technology. As today’s guest, Ken Arneson, CEO of Evergreen Retirement Community, puts it, “as the world becomes increasingly more complicated, the ability to figure it all out on your own, becomes increasingly more difficult, this has directly led to the need for more partnerships”.

Join Amber Bardon and Ken Arneson as they unp...

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July 7, 2021 18 min

Welcome to season 1, episode 1 of Raising Tech, your guide to understanding the role technology plays in your senior living business strategy and day-to-day operations. Our mission at Raising Tech is to educate and empower senior living providers to maximize their use of technology. This podcast is designed to be your monthly tech check-in to learn how best to optimize operations, establish tech as part of your organization’s compe...

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