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Center for Technology and Aging (CTA)-Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Held Consumer eHealth Affinity Group Session at Health 2.0

9/30/11 By David Lindeman

Collaboration in the effort to improve the quality of health care through technology could have no better model than what occurred this past month at the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco. The Center for Technology and Aging and several of its grantees participated in an innovative event designed to advance our knowledge of the diffusion of technologies that can improve health care. Conducted in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Technology (ONC), the West Wireless Health Institute, and the conference host, Health 2.0, the meeting offered provider organizations an opportunity to meet directly with technology innovators and technology companies through the ONC Beacon Communities Innovation Exchange session. In addition, members of the newly launched CTA-ONC Consumer eHealth Affinity Group also had the chance to meet face-to-face to discuss best practices for consumer eHealth interventions and identify collaborative means for using information technology to transform healthcare delivery.

The Health 2.0 meeting demonstrated how Center for Technology and Aging grantees and Beacon Communities can look collectively at clinical problems and determine how consumer eHealth companies can play a role in the solution. The meeting created a special synergy to bring together an array of organizations that are very active in developing and promoting technology, but have not historically had a great deal of interaction. While Health 2.0 conferences are an excellent venue for bringing together technology companies, providers, and policy makers, this meeting created a new platform for these groups to interact, learn about each other, and identify collective interests. Ultimately this process nicely reinforced the need to work together to achieve the Triple Aims being promoted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: improve health, improve health care, and reduce the costs of care.

As one can imagine, this setting, combined with a very diverse set of conference attendees, made a significant contribution to communicating lessons learned and opened up new organizational collaborative opportunities among attendees. As Nicole Boraman and, Vice President of Clinical Systems Innovation at WWHI stated, “this was an important vehicle to bring together top innovators with health care systems, to help improve patient care and ultimately deploy highly cost-effective solutions for clinical practice. Health care innovation must be informed by real health care practice, so this is a great chance to match needs with the right solutions.”

Among the many organizations participating were the following CTA grantees and Beacon Communities:

    Center for Technology and Aging
  • CalOptima, Orange, CA
  • Family Services Agency, San Francisco, CA
  • Front Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing, Los Angeles, CA
  • HealthInsight, Salt Lake City, UT (also a Beacon Community)
  • Sharp Health Care, San Diego, CA

    Beacon Communities
  • Central Indiana Beacon Community, Indianapolis, IN
  • Delta BLUES Beacon Community, Stoneville, MS
  • Keystone Beacon Community, Central Pennsylvania
  • Cincinnati Beacon Community, Cincinnati, OH
  • Western New York Beacon Community, Buffalo, NY

Ultimately, this effort will help spur the deployment of low-cost, practical and scalable solutions for use within clinical settings, with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.

Important mHealth Dates

Optional Applicant Conference Call March 15, 2011

Letter of Intent Due
April 5, 2011

Full Grant Proposal Guidelines Released April 13, 2011

Full Proposals Due
May 13, 2011

Final Grant Award Decision
June 15, 2011

Expected Date for Grants to Commence August 1, 2011

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