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Released the week of 2/25/13

Care Transitions and Medication Optimization Resources Added to “ADOPT Toolkit©”

The Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) announced the availability of new tools to help health care organizations design and implement technology-enabled health care programs for care transitions and medication optimization. The online tools are part of the recently launched ADOPT (Accelerate the Diffusion of Proven Technologies) Toolkit© website: http://toolkit.techandaging.org/. Blog

Successful Approaches to Taking Home Telehealth Programs to Scale

Case Studies - Improving Health at Home: The Promise of Telehealth

A new set of case studies funded by the Commonwealth Fund, highlights three successful approaches to taking home telehealth programs to scale, including the Veterans Health Administration, Partners HealthCare, and Centura Health at Home. Case Studies

The Veterans Health Administration, whose Care Coordination/Home Telehealth program demonstrates the possibility of implementing telehealth on a broad scale and achieving cost-effective, high-quality outcomes for chronic care patients. VA Case Study

Partners HealthCare, an integrated health system in Boston whose Connected Cardiac Care Program for heart failure patients is estimated to have generated total cost savings of more than $10 million since 2006 for more than 1,200 enrollees. Partners Case Study

Colorado-based Centura Health at Home, which has merged a clinical call center with telehealth to improve outcomes for older patients discharged from the hospital. Centura Case Study

Telemedicine Ready to Take Off and Reach Widespread Adoption – CIO Article

David Lindeman and Andrew Broderick spoke with Brian Wilson from CIO on how organizations are ready to ramp up their telemedicine efforts beyond the pilot stage and start to incorporate them into care management strategies. Drivers including healthcare reform, technology and Capitol Hill legislation with bipartisan support, all point to a bright future for telemedicine. Article

Improving Assessment, Service Coordination, and Evaluation of Older Adults Utilizing Tablet-based Care Planning Tools: Family Service Agency of San Francisco (FSA)

FSA, a CTA mHealth grantee, has successfully deployed the Assessment Diagnosis Evaluation Planning Tool (ADEPT) for outcome tracking with seriously mentally ill individuals in intensive case management programs. The touch-screen based tool was employed to measure consumer outcomes and support care planning for 400 severly mentally ill seniors in five mental health programs. Salesforce has recognized FSA’s intervention as a national best practice model and is considering it for distribution both domestically and internationally. FSA Program Outcomes

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