The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) awarded one of its two ‘Small Business of the Year’ Innovation Entrepreneurship Awards to telecare, video and socialization system GrandCare Systems. The Awards recognize entrepreneurs leading businesses with revenues under $30 million and the contributions they make to the U.S. economy. GrandCare was the only nominee in healthcare. Those of us who count ourselves among the Walter Brennan-esque ‘grizzled pioneers’ of telecare must give kudos to this company as the equivalent of ‘the little engine that could’. They advocated–and stuck to–the vision of keeping seniors independent in their own home, persisting and expanding GrandCare’s technology against sizable odds, expanding into market channels such as high-end in-home custom electronic design, and pioneering interactive touch-screen driven socialization as a viable function of home health monitoring. And stayed independent! Congratulations to CEO Charlie Hillman, co-founder Gaytha Traynor, VP Business Development Laura Mitchell and the GrandCare team. CEA release. GrandCare blog article. CEA/Hillman video.
The GrandCare Group deserves this recognition for their unending dedication in providing vision, education and most importantly leadership in this nascent industry! We are all better for the outstanding efforts of the GrandCare team and cudos to CEA for granting the award!