Released the week of 1/27/14

David Lindeman Appointed Director of CITRIS Health Care Initiative


David Lindeman has been appointed Director of the CITRIS Health Care Initiative and will be responsible for coordination of health care projects among the four CITRIS campuses (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz). In this position he will facilitate research, education, and development of health care technology solutions related to chronic disease management, patient engagement, and other health care technology issues. CITRIS investigators are engaged in addressing the most pressing health care challenges of the day, specifically in the areas of telehealth, sensors and services, and social apps/gaming. The collaboration of CITRIS, the Center for Technology and Aging, and the Public Health Institute, provides a unique platform for advancing technology solutions to improve the independence of older adults. Recent initiatives include the CITRIS Seed Grant Program, Mobile Health Challenge, and Research Exchanges.

CITRIS Launches Mobile App Challenge for UC Berkeley Students
To promote innovation, community service, and career development among UC Berkeley students, CITRIS and the Social Apps Lab are sponsoring a semester-long competition for the best mobile apps that address identified needs in Healthcare, Energy & Climate, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Civic Engagement or Education. This model program will provide structured guidance to innovators tackling some of the most challenging health care issues of the day.

Return on Investment for Remote Patient Monitoring: Call for Participants in a California HealthCare Foundation National Study - Instructional ROI Tool Webinar Recording Available
The Center for Connected Health (CCH) and the Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) are inviting organizations with remote patient monitoring (RPM) programs to participate in a national study of ROI for RPM, supported by the California HealthCare Foundation. Participating in this study will provide organizations with practical data on the ROI of Remote Patient Monitoring programs by using the web-based, user-friendly, interactive RPM ROI Tool.  In addition, CTA and CCH staff are available to provide site-specific analysis and support to each participating organization, including confirmation of inputs, interpreting outcomes, and supporting scenario planning for optimal program design and operation. If your organization has an active RPM program for CHF and/or COPD patients in place or are considering implementation of a program and is interested in participating, please contact Valerie Steinmetz at for more information. Interested participants can also view the CTA-CCH one-hour webinar that walks users through the RPM ROI Tool using actual data from one of the original beta testing organizations, Centura Health at Home.

CITRIS Event 2/05: Healthcare Price Transparency
Join CITRIS for a talk by Chris Waley, Analytics Associate, Castlight Health, on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PST). Free and open to the public, the one-hour discussion will provide an overview of health care price transparency, the mechanics of Castlight's efforts to increase health care consumerism, and the role of "big data" in health care. This research exchange will be held on the UC Berkeley Campus in the Banatao Auditorium of Sutardja Dai Hall. Registration is now open. The session is accessible via livestream.

Closing the Digital Divide By Helping Seniors Get Online - PBS NewsHour
It is estimated that about half of Americans over the age of 65 use the Internet. But for the other half, increasing societal dependence on digital technology threatens to leave behind those who don't go online. PBS NewsHour's latest episode in its Taking Care Series on Long-Term Care in America explores this issue and highlights several programs aimed at closing the digital divide. Sponsored by The SCAN Foundation, this program is valuable for professionals as well as older adults.

Understanding Connected Aging Through Empowering Technologies - CTA to Present at ASA’s Aging in America Conference
ASA’s Aging in America conference in San Diego features a workshop on “Connected Aging Through Empowering Technologies,” March 13, 2014, 4:30-5:30pm in the Seaport Tower. This workshop will discuss the future of aging and role of technology to support aging in community. Participants will learn more about the age of connected aging where empowering technologies (Internet-based, mobile, wireless and beyond) meet diverse needs and challenges in new and innovative ways. The program features David Lindeman, PhD, Director, CITRIS Health Care and Center for Technology and Aging; Richard Adler, MA, MBA, Principal, People & Technology; Katy Fike, PhD, Co-Founder, Aging2.0; and Karen Kolb Flude, MS, RFG, Principal, Age with Ease.

Lessons from the Trenches: Adopting Medication Technology Within Agencies Serving Older Adults – Medication Optimization Article
Drawing from findings from health service organizations in the Center for Technology and Aging's Medication Optimization Diffusion Grants Program, this article lays out the key issues for implementing technology-based programs that are intended to improve medication use by older adults. The authors address the diffusion of innovation, in this case the diffusion of technologies, within five different health care organizations. The findings include new information that can guide agencies aiming to implement or adapt new medication adherence technologies, as well as provide guidance to grantmakers who are trying to determine how to best support the development of technology-enabled programs.

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