Kindred Partners with University for App Innovations

Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), the nation’s largest home health care provider, has teamed up with the University of Louisville (UofL) to develop health care technology that improves the lives of seniors.

HIVE, as the partnership is being called, sits on a site formerly occupied by K-I Lumber & Building Materials, near the University’s Belknap campus. UofL purchased the property two years ago. There, Kindred and UofL are working on innovative apps with employees and students.

So far, HIVE has produced a mobile compliance tracking app, and the group is currently working on app that allows nurses to assess a patient’s eligibility for hospice care, according to a press release.

“HIVE represents our continued focus on creating a culture of innovation and agility,” Kindred President and CEO Benjamin Breier said in a statement. “As the health care landscape continues to change, it is vital to develop technology-based solutions that create new value for our patients and the customers we serve. This is an example of the ways in which companies and universities can work together for the benefit of the community, students, patients and companies such as Kindred.”

UofL has worked with other organizations in the past, including joining forces with GE Appliances in 2014 to create FirstBuild, a micro factory that develops home appliances.

Technology giant Cisco Systems Inc. has also donated tools to the project to help Kindred team members and students connect.

While the project helps Kindred with innovative technology, it also represents a recruiting advantage for UofL.

“By working with corporate partners, we are able to give our students new experiences and work opportunities,” Greg Postel, interim president of UofL, said in a statement. “These partnerships draw high-achieving students to our campus, and participants find more employment opportunities when they graduate.”

Written by Amy Baxter

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When not writing about all things home health, Amy fulfills her lifelong dream of becoming a pirate by sailing in regattas and enjoying rum. Fun fact: she sailed 333 miles across Lake Michigan in the Chicago Yacht Club "Race to Mackinac."