APRIL 2018 • 27
HEALTHY OUTLOOK • MIKE COOK
From the top floor, tech-health company sees the future
new Las Cruces business sits atop the tallest building in town. It’s also on the cutting edge of the coming worldwide boom in health care technology. The Electronic Caregiver Automated Home Care Safety Systems (ECG) already occupies the top floor of the Wells Fargo Tower downtown and will take over at least one more floor of the building – and put its name on the tower – as it doubles its local workforce to almost 100 in the next year, said CEO and founder Tony Dohrmann. With an array of technological innovations already in production and more than 40 patents in development, ECG is breaking new ground in home-health monitoring and support systems for the aging population that is rapidly expanding in the United States and worldwide. ECG will also add 150 sales reps (all trained in Las Cruces) and kiosks in hundreds of pharmacies from coast to coast in the next 12 months, Dohrmann said, as it expands partnerships with medical and senior service providers, technology companies and investors to meet the growing need. In the U.S. alone, there are now about 42 million Americans aged 65 and older, and that will double in the next 24 years, he said, as 10,000-11,000 Americans turn 65 every day. “This group of people is consum-
The Electronic Caregiver Automated Home Care Safety Systems founder and CEO Tony Dohrmann.
ing the lion’s share of resources for treatment and care,” Dohrmann said, for everything from hearing and vision issues to cancer, strokes and heart attacks, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive disorders and musculoskeletal issues. Health care providers around the world are “very concerned,” he said, because they are seeing “the biggest expansion of the highest consuming group of health resources.” The elderly’s need for care is “outstripping the infrastructure and available resources to service the demand,” Dohrmann said. “We’ve got a big problem.” Technology, he said, is going to be the solution. ECG “got an inkling of that six-
and-a-half years ago,” Dohrmann said. That’s when he began investing millions of dollars in patient research and data collection to create a virtual caregiving system that goes “beyond a speaker on a counter” to provide expedited response to treatment, cutting-edge diagnostic capability and all-day health monitoring, Dohrmann said, without the user “being saddled with electrodes.” ECG’s platform, he said, provides “an incredible user experience” that allows seniors to stay at home and “live with dignity.” Using pattern recognition, visual sensing, a mobile app and a host of monitoring devices, ECG tracks users’ daily activities, including walking speed; monitors pulse, tem-
The Electronic Caregiver Automated Home Care Safety Systems mobile personal emergency reporting system includes wrist-worn pendants in several different colors. (Photos courtesy The Electronic Caregiver Automated Home Care Safety Systems)
perature, weight, glucose and other vitals (it can even provide an ECG ribbon); delivers health and safety alerts; sends appointment and medication reminders; and links to certified health care providers for nonemergency consultations in addition to emergency services. “It’s like having urgent care in the palm of your hand,” said Dohrmann, 51, who carries a minicontroller device with him at all times and wears one of ECG’s wrist-worn pendants.
ON THE WALL
Politics on Paper Art with an Agenda from the SUArt Collection
The monument adds a powerful presence to Veterans Memorial Park.
Salute to History Statues honor women veterans
he much-anticipated lifesize, one-of-a-kind bronze statues representing women veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have served since World War I were installed at the newly constructed Women Veterans Monument at Veterans Memorial Park 2651 Roadrunner Parkway in Las Cruces. The realistic figures, which took more than a year to create, represent branches of the military during various eras and are the focal point of the monument. The Women Veterans Monument was officially dedicated on March 10. The Women Veterans Monument is a collaborative project
Dohrmann started ECG in California but wanted to escape the state’s high real estate prices. He looked at sites in Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, choosing Las Cruces because it’s “a very friendly community” with affordable housing and good weather. In Las Cruces, Dohrmann said he has assembled an “amazingly loyal workforce” that includes many New Mexico State University graduates. In fact, its relationship with NMSU was a major reason Dohrmann moved ECG to Las Cruces. The company is partnering with the university on a cutting-edge study of falling – a major health care concern for the elderly – along with virtual reality training and other high-tech commercialization. Together, he said, ECG and NMSU are “creating advanced solutions for the future of our aging population.” “We’re on the precipice of this,” Dohrmann said. The southwest Rio Grande Valley is about to become “Silicon Valley 2.” Visit www.electroniccaregiver. com.
olitics on Paper: Art with an Agenda from the SUArt Collection,” featuring works from the Syracuse University Art Galleries, continues through Saturday, April 7. The exhibition highlights a selection of works on paper by noted artists focused on social and political commentary. “Politics on Paper: Art with an Agenda” features works made as early as the 1600s and on up to the present day. The included drawings, etchings, photographs, and other print media satirize or expose top-
ics ranging from political conflict and war to issues of social unrest. Represented artists include art historical figures such as Jaques Callot, Honore Daumier, Francisco Goya, Elizabeth Catlett, Kathe Kollwitz, and Andy Warhol, among others. The museum is located at 491 N. Main Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces. org/museums or call 575-5412137.
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U.S. Army Sargent Tamieka Henry and U.S. Army Specialist Rosmary Montoya appreciate the history behind the monument. (Photos by Steve MacIntyre)
funded by The City of Las Cruces and The United Military Women of the Southwest. The statues
were designed and created by artist Matt Glenn, owner of Big Statues in Provo, Utah.