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Panasonic Innovation HealthJam Virtual Conference: CTA and CITRIS to Host Forum on Technology and Older Adults

6/05/14

The Panasonic Innovation HealthJam is a free, 3-day virtual collaborative brainstorming conference on emerging industry issues across 8 iportant healthcare-related topic areas, June 17-19. CITRIS and the Center for Technology and Aging are sponsoring the "Technology and Older Adults" forum, which will address the advances in wearable, environmental, remote, social networking, and caregiver support technologies. Join host David Lindeman and distinguished speakers as participants identify the most immediate opportunities and challenges for technology-enabled solutions that meet the needs and demands of our aging population. The Innovation HealthJam is open to all members of the healthcare and technology ecosystems; registration is now open.

The “Connected Aging” Innovation HealthJam track will address technological advances in wearable devices, environmental and remote sensing, social networking, and caregiver support. Forum participants will identify immediate opportunities and challenges for technology-enabled solutions that can meet the needs and preferences of the aging population. “We are at the dawning of the “Connected Aging” era in which the growing array of Internet-based technologies and mobile devices will increasingly support older adults to age in place, improve their quality of life, and contribute to better health and well-being,” said Lindeman.

National experts participating in the “Technology and Older Adults: The New Era of Connected Aging” forum include:

  • Scott Collins, Link-age on technology innovation in senior living communities;
  • Scott Cory, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living on advancements in support for older adults, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers;
  • Jodi Daniel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on federal technology policy and standards for aging populations;
  • Anne De Gheest, HealthTech Capital on meaningful opportunities for start-up companies at the intersection of healthcare, computing, and mobility;
  • Joe Gerardi, American Baptist Homes of the West on technology-enabled housing and healthcare programs from a provider’s perspective;
  • Jody Holtzman, AARP on older adults as technology consumers;
  • Kathy Kelly, Family Caregiver Alliance on technology solutions for long-term family caregivers;
  • Anne Hinton, Human Services Agency of San Francisco, Department of Aging and Adult Services on technology-friendly cities for older adults;
  • Laura Mitchell, GrandCare Systems on telehealth remote monitoring for older adults;
  • Geetha Rao, Triple Ring Technologies, Inc. on interoperability and medical device risk management from a technologist’s perspective;
  • Alex Ross, World Health Organization Centre for Health Development, WHO Kobe Centre with a global perspective on older adults and technology;
  • Beverly Sanborn, Belmont Village, L.P. on technology solutions for persons with dementia and their family caregivers;
  • William Satariano, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health on technologies to increase mobility and independence;
  • René Seidel, The SCAN Foundation on the role of technology in social support networks for aging populations;
  • Douglas Trauner, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Center for Innovation on technology services for vulnerable populations;
  • Heather Young, University of California, UC Davis Health System on transformative technologies for frail older adults and their family caregivers.

“We look forward to an informative, practical discussion about best practices and hurdles for incorporating technology-enabled, connected health solutions into clinical workflows and patient engagement programs,” said Lindeman. “The Innovation HealthJam is a unique opportunity to gather experts from across the country and internationally to discuss proven strategies alongside lessons learned for connected health programs.”

To learn more about Connected Aging and a framework for understanding technologies to help older adults age in place, read the CTA and CITRIS Connected Aging Report: http://www.techandaging.org/ConnectedAgingFramework.pdf

The report highlights twelve technologies with significant growth potential and describes how connected aging might reduce the use of healthcare services while improving delivery of care, quality of life, and patient satisfaction. “Technology has become a major force in opening up new opportunities to improve the health and well-being of older adults and their families. Whether you are a healthcare provider, policy maker, technology vendor, entrepreneur, funder, or an older adult or family caregiver, the Innovation HealthJam gives you a seat at the table in the national conversation on the next generation of technology-enabled solutions,” said Jody Holtzman, AARP.

“In a world where innovation is global, we are creating an inclusive platform where industry thought leaders can discuss their differing perspectives, brainstorm ideas, and share best practices. This is the goal of the Innovation HealthJam,” said Bob Dobbins, Vice President, New Business Development at Panasonic Corporation of North America. “We hope to link some of the best ideas from the event with Panasonic’s strengths in B2B innovation and digital transformation to offer solid solutions that increase the quality of healthcare while also containing costs,” he added.

To learn more about the 2014 Innovation HealthJam and join the conversation, visit the Innovation HealthJam website and register for the event: www.innovationhealthjam.com

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