This evening The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) will hold its 20th Annual Gala, “Healthy Cities, Healthy World,” at the Pierre Hotel. The Gala will honor companies and organizations that use technology to improve health, particularly among older adults. NYAM will present eCaring with the Corporate Leadership award for its creation and use of technology in service of elder health. eCaring’s CEO and Founder, Robert Herzog, will accept the award.
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“The Academy has a proud tradition of bringing together the best minds, leaders, and practitioners to address its vital mission of advancing the health of people in urban settings, supporting healthy aging, preventing disease, and the elimination of health disparities,” said James Flynn, Gala Co-chair and NYAM Trustee. “This Gala serves to highlight our commitment to these objectives and to strengthen our ability to execute on these priorities.”
eCaring, honored for its “creation and use of technology in service of elder health,” was founded by CEO Robert Herzog who was deeply involved in the home and extended care of his mother Grace, which gave him an understanding of the problems that eCaring is designed to solve. Mr. Herzog helped develop eCaring’s cloud-based care coordination system that generates comprehensive real-time clinical, behavioral and medication adherence data from a patient’s home. Home care aides, family caregivers and patients, regardless of computer or English literacy, can enter significant information including medication intake, vital signs, sleep and diet patterns, and critical events. The system allows doctors, care managers, family members or any member of a patient’s care team to access this information easily in real time and receive alerts when situations require immediate attention, keeping patients in their homes and out of the hospital. Use of eCaring’s digital home care management system has reduced hospital and ER visits and readmissions in programs with several major health care providers in the New York region.
In addition to honoring eCaring, the 20th Annual Gala festivities will honor OATS and HITE, two New York non-profits that teach and enable seniors to use technology. Special acknowledgements will be made for emeritus trustees, previous corporate honorees, including executives from Aetna, Pfizer, Merck, NBC Universal, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Omnicom, Citibank, Kraft Foods, and Wyeth, as well as Nobel Laureates, scientists, public health advocates and luminaries such as Katie Couric and Magic Johnson, both previous Urban Health Champion Award recipients.