Tech4Impact Diffusion Grants Program Request for Proposals Released to 16 States

9/30/10 By David Lindeman

Earlier this week HHS announced the grantees funded under the Affordable Care Act to help people navigate health and long term care options. This is very positive news on a number of levels – for state aging and disability service providers as well as the clients they support and empower. What may not be as readily noticeable to the casual reviewer is the fact that the state-based system of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) has been given a significant boost as a prominent structure in the movement to improve access to care.

We are particularly pleased to see that a subsection of grants have been made to ADRCS who will expand Evidence-Based Care Transition programs for older adults and persons with disabilities. In coordination with this grant announcement, the Center for Technology and Aging is releasing its third Request for Proposals: Tech4Impact Diffusion Grants Program. The purpose of the Tech4Impact Diffusion Grants Program is to accelerate adoption and diffusion of technologies that better enable evidence-based care transitions models, and result in a reduction in avoidable hospitalizations, improvements in health outcomes and cost of care, and an increase in the number of people that are able to safely and effectively transition from hospital to home or to other community settings.

The Center for Technology and Aging would also like to acknowledge the leadership of the Administration on Aging (AoA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in advancing services for older adults at a critical point where older adults and persons with disabilities first interface with the health care and social service systems. We are excited about the collaboration AoA has introduced in advancing this initiative and look forward to jointly exploring successful uses of technology in care transition strategies by Aging and Disability Resource Centers around the country. CTA will continue to share the progress of grantees selected in this grant cycle and, as always, we welcome suggestions and input from the field.

Important Tech4Impact Dates

Letter of Intent Due
July 30, 2010

Grant Proposal Guidelines Released September 29, 2010

Full Proposals Due
October 21, 2010

Final Grant Award Decision Prior to December 31, 2010

Grant Start Date
January 4, 2011

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