Marcus Grindstaff is director of strategic planning at Intel-GE Care Innovations -- a partnership uses technology to help manage health care in the home. He talks about how his group is trying to ease care coordination for a primary caregiver. (Washington Post Live)

Marcus Grindstaff at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving in America forum in Chicago. (Photo by Ashlee Rezin/The Washington Post)

“When you have a primary caregiver at home, they’re managing lots of streams of information, financial planning decisions, housing decisions, medication decisions. They’re interacting with their specialist, their primary-care physician, the pharmacy. So our tool is a Web-based solution that allows them to bring all that into one place. It’s a platform that comes to tablet and PC. So you have all the medicines in there. If you have, for example, family members spread out throughout multiple states, just the process of coordinating and managing the communication is a huge time burden.

“Presentee-ism is when someone is at work but their focus is somewhere else. Absenteeism is when someone can’t go to work because they’ve got someone else they have to take care of, whether it’s a son or a daughter or a parent. But presentee-ism is actually much harder to identify and quantify. It’s when people are physically at work, although they’re distracted by making doctor’s appointments or managing medications or coordinating communication. So, you know, we really look at how we can supply solutions and tools that allow the caregiver to do that in a way that is more efficient, more coordinated and tightly connected. You can go to if you want to take a look at it. It’s free for any caregiver in the United States.”

-Marcus Grindstaff, director of strategic planning, Intel-GE Care Innovations