February Newsletter

Released the week of 2/28/11

mHealth Diffusion Grants Program Accepting Applications

We are pleased to announce the release of the Mobile Health (mHealth) Diffusion Grants Program that will fund projects that focus on the adoption and diffusion of mobile health technology-enabled services to improve the health of older adults, while reducing the burden on clinicians and caregivers. mHealth technology-enabled services that can be addressed in this grants program include, but are not limited to, medication compliance, chronic disease monitoring, safety monitoring, and access to health information. Center Blog

Tech4Impact Launched by Assistant Secretary Greenlee at AoA/CMS National Meeting

At the 2011 Administration on Aging (AoA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) grantee national meeting, Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, officially announced the launch of the Technologies for Improving Post-Acute Care Transitions, Tech4Impact, grant program, made in collaboration with an AoA and CMS initiative that helps older Americans and persons with disabilities manage their long-term care support services. Grantees will use the Tech4Impact funds to further expand technology use in ADRCs that are already implementing transitional care interventions. Press Release

New CTA Practice Brief - Organizational Adoption: Lessons Learned from CTA Medication Optimization Grantees

In this Practice Brief, the five Center for Technology and Aging Medication Optimization grantees share their hard-won lessons in order to help other organizations more quickly and effectively implement similar technologies that help optimize medication use among older adults. Practice Brief

CTA Presents at AoA/CMS National Meeting on Technologies for Improving Post Acute Care Transitions and Preventing Hospitalizations

Lynn Redington, Senior Program Director at the Center for Technology and Aging, recently presented a review of Technologies for Improving Post-Acute Care Transitions and the Tech4Impact grant initiative to the 2011 AoA and CMS grantee national meeting. Lynn highlighted the Tech4Impact grantee projects, as well as opportunities to improve readmissions and readmissions trends. Presentation

Ageing International Spotlight: “Reducing Adverse Self-Medication Behaviors in Older Adults with Hypertension: Results of an e-health Clinical Efficacy Trial”

In the special double issue of Ageing International, authors Patricia J. Neafsey et al., discuss the results of a randomized controlled trial using an e-health “Personal Education Program” intervention, which delivered tailored education to the patient on hypertension medication management. The study found increased self-medication knowledge and efficacy, reduced adverse self-medication behaviors, and high patient and provider satisfaction. Article

Ageing International Spotlight: “Formal Modeling Techniques for Ambient Assisted Living”

With a new generation of intelligent, unobtrusive, and low-cost devices there is a potential to enable faster and more informative measurements in a smart-home environment. Parente et al., present formalized models and analysis techniques applied to Ambient Assisted Living (AAL). The information acquired by these new monitoring and sensing paradigms can be effectively exploited to address several tasks. Article

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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