South Dakota Software Company among Exhibitors at White House Conference on Aging

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pullUin software of Vermillion exhibits alongside Intel, IBM and others.

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The first-ever technology exhibition at the once-a-decade White House Conference on Aging will have a South Dakota software company among its 31 exhibitors. pullUin software of Vermillion, S.D. is exhibiting their online virtual training program for nursing home assistants alongside such technology giants as Honeywell, IBM, Intel, Medtronic, Phillips Electronics, Tyco/ADT and Carnegie Mellon University.

Held December 12-13 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Center for Aging Services Imagine Pavillion will demonstrate some of the technologies America will need to meet the demands of aging individuals and their caregivers. It provides a look at the changes since the last White House Conference on Aging and brings together for the first time 31 companies and universities focused on empowering older Americans through technology.

pullUin software is exhibiting New Dawn Estates, an online virtual training program for Certified Nursing Assistants that will be available online 24/7 providing access to remote locations and rural communities. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, the anticipated release date for New Dawn Estates is May 2006.

Mary Derby, President of pullUin software, said that she appreciates the recognition for their software program. “There is a tremendous need for the training necessary to certify nursing home assistants, particularly in rural areas like South Dakota,” Derby said. “We believe that New Dawn Estates can provide more realistic training through a highly interactive and immersive environment. We are excited to exhibit along with some of the more established names in technology.”

Established in 2000 as the software division of South Dakota Health Technology Innovations, Inc. (SDHTI), pullUin software designs and develops computer and web based programs for use in the healthcare industry and educational settings. This research and development business identifies and targets the creation of innovative educational software which includes educational video games, simulation-based training programs, and handheld and wireless electronic field guides. For more information, go to

The Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) is leading the national charge to develop and deploy technologies that can improve the aging experience in America. CAST has four focus areas: 1) driving a national vision of how technologies can improve the quality of life for seniors while reducing healthcare costs; 2) accelerating technology R&D pilots with seniors to prove out this vision, 3) advocating to remove barriers to the rapid commercialization of proven solutions; and 4) promoting national dialogue about standards to insure interoperability and widespread access to aging services technologies. Established in 2003, CAST ( has become a national coalition of more than 400 technology companies, aging services organizations, research universities, and government representatives working together under the auspices of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging ( The members of AAHSA serve 2 million people every day through mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations.

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