Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Makes $240,000 Grant to CTA for RPM Projects

12/29/10 By David Lindeman

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) has made a $240,000 grant to the Center for Technology and Aging’s RPM diffusion grants program, launched earlier this year. This generous grant enables us to add two exciting RPM projects to the five that we funded in July. I am delighted to recognize the two outstanding organizations for their innovation, resourcefulness, and practicality in the design of their diffusion programs. The two additional grantees are Healthcare Partners Institute for Applied Research ( and Catholic Healthcare West (


HealthCare Partners Institute for Applied Research and Education will improve the diffusion of chronic disease monitoring technology and continuum of care for older adult patients through integrated voice recognition (IVR). The primary clinical objective of this initiative is to empower older patients with Congestive Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Diabetes, and/or Hypertension to use technology-enabled self-management tools. This program is expected to improve a number of health outcomes, including reducing hospitalization as well as emergency room and urgent care visits; reducing the need for relocation to a higher cost, more intensive care setting; thus leading to a lower total cost of health care.

Catholic Healthcare West is expanding an already robust and successful telemonitoring system to include the Philips TeleStation technology. The TeleStation model will allow elderly residents to remain in a healthcare setting of their choice while self-managing chronic diseases. The use of this technology will result in capacity-wide increases in the number of elderly patients enrolled in Home Health, cost-savings to the CHW system, and improved patient outcomes for the older adult population served by CHW. Given that CHW is responsible for 22 million persons throughout their health care system, rapid uptake of this remote telemonitoring system has significant potential for further scaling.

Both projects have proposed promising strategies to rapidly change the behaviors of staff, family caregivers, and older adults as well as improve health care outcomes and efficiencies in service delivery. Please see the Grantee Abstracts for more details on each project. Learnings from all seven projects will provide caregivers everywhere with valuable insight on how to put these technologies to work on a much larger scale so that thousands of additional patients might benefit.

This grant also represents expansion of the Center’s grant funding partnerships. Originally supported with a 2008 grant from The SCAN Foundation, the Center is also partnering with the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for our third grant cycle to expand the use of technologies that promote better patient transitions from hospitals, rehabilitation centers, or nursing facilities back home or to other community settings.  We will announce the selected grantees for this cycle in February.

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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