To improve the independence of older adults dealing with chronic health care issues by promoting the adoption and diffusion of beneficial technologies.
The Center for Technology and Aging is a national leader in the use of patient-centered technologies for older adults. We take our distinctive experience and unique insights and work with health care providers, aging service organizations, payers, philanthropies, and technology companies to accelerate the diffusion of proven technologies.
We are at the dawning of “connected aging” in which the growing array of Internet-based technologies and mobile devices increasingly will support older adults to age in place. Emerging technologies will enable both older adults and their caregivers to address a comprehensive range of medical, health, social, and functional needs. In addition, technology-based solutions that connect older adults to friends, family, and community are becoming more viable; older adults and their caregivers are growing increasingly tech savvy; technology usability is improving; and price points are descending. Read the updated 2014 Report on the New Era of Connected Aging to see new examples of technology-based solutions connecting older adults, caregivers, providers and the community.
We have launched the online ADOPT Toolkit© to help organizations implement technologies for chronic disease management. The ADOPT Toolkit website includes free, practical “how to” resources that guide providers, ranging from hospitals and health systems to aging services organizations, through the often complex technology adoption maze – from planning and development to implementation and evaluation. Remote patient monitoring (RPM), Care Transitions, Medication Optimization, and mHealth tools are now available online.
CTA conducted a one-hour webinar on the ADOPT Toolkit for Planning and Building Best-in-Class Mobile Health Programs for Chronic Disease Management on May 29, 2013. The recording is now available.
A one-hour nationwide webinar featured the ADOPT Toolkit website framework, applications, use cases, and example tools for Remote Patient Monitoring program design, implementation, and evaluation. The recording is now available.
Through the Diffusion Grants Program, we have funded 22 organizations to implement technology solutions that improve health care outcomes for older adults. Findings from these initiatives, including descriptions of the programs and technologies, program outcomes, required resources, adoption strategies, and lessons learned are available on our Web site.
The Center for Technology and Aging has joined the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California. CITRIS is an international leader in technology innovation that brings together leading technology researchers from four partner campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Merced, Santa Cruz) to create unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.