Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill, NC, was the grand prize winner Wednesday at the McKnight’s Tech Awards & Summit.
The 800-resident continuing care retirement community earned the Best of Show designation after being presented with the Gold Award in the Building Bridges category of the Senior Living track during the afternoon online awards ceremony.
More than 40 medalists were recognized across the Skilled Nursing, Senior Living and Home Care tracks of the competition.
Carolina Meadows won with the entry “Building a Mobile Community with AI Assessments.” The winning entry centered on its use of VirtuSense Technology’s artificial intelligence-powered fall risk assessment tool, VSTBalance. The tool has helped improve resident mobility, function and gait, Carolina Meadows leaders noted.
An independent, national judging panel of 23 key stakeholders adjudicated entries, which were submitted in late spring. Entries were assessed on their overall value in improving resident care and services, impact, relevance, execution and creativity.
Submissions extolled providers’ growing use of artificial intelligence and other helpful applications of technology, both high-tech and low-tech in nature. Entries revealed a wide range of creativity across various facility departments to increase operators’ efficiency and outcomes.
Winners were feted during the Wednesday afternoon ceremony, which will remain available for online viewing in the archive for the next 12 months. They also will be celebrated at an in-person ceremony Oct. 2 in Denver, which is open to anyone interested. Those planning to attend can RSVP here.
In addition, each Gold winner will be featured in upcoming McKnight’s newsletter coverage.
Wednesday’s announcements concluded a full day of activity. Three thought-leadership webinars preceded the ceremony at the McKnight’s Technology Summit. Session titles were: “How emerging technologies and AI are transforming senior care,” “Staffing in the automation era: Right and wrong ways to use AI,” and “Creating senior living communities that flourish.”
They also will be available for online viewing in archive for a year.