Released the week of 2/24/14

WHO Addresses Aging and Technology
The impact of a rapidly expanding aging population, increase in chronic disease, and contraction of the health care work force and family caregivers, is now being felt globally. The magnitude of these challenges on developing and developed countries alike was highlighted by the convening of the first WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations in Kobe, Japan in December 2013. Dr. David Lindeman, from the Center for Technology and Aging, helped facilitate this first international convening targeted at identifying low-cost, scalable social, health, and economic solutions to improve the health and well-being of the world's aging population.

Improving Medication Management During Transitions of Care with Pharmacist Home Visits and Electronic Personal Health Records – Publication from a CTA Tech4mpact Grantee
There is considerable opportunity to improve medication management during care transitions and in the period following a hospital discharge. Researchers from The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy conducted a project to assess and improve medication management during care transitions through pharmacist home visits and the use of an electronic personal health record (ePHR) system. The findings from this project suggest that pharmacist home visits following a hospitalization can aid in identifying medication-related problems, suggesting a need for increased involvement of pharmacists during care transitions. The publication is open access for readers.

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.

The 50th Anniversary of the Public Health Institute
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Public Health Institute. Throughout the year, PHI will highlight the accomplishments of the field of public health, and of the 200 programs that are part of the Public Health Institute. Join the conversation on Facebook, or on Twitter using #PHI50.

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.

CITRIS Event 4/30: Telehealth Challenges in the Future
Join CITRIS for a talk by Birthe Dinesen, Aalborg University, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PT). Free and open to the public, the one-hour discussion will provide an overview of the evidence base of telehealth within the last 20 years. This research exchange will be held on the UC Berkeley Campus in Room 250 of Sutardja Dai Hall. Registration is now open. The session is accessible via livestream.

Health Affairs Highlights Early Evidence and the Future Promise of Connected Health
In the February issue of Health Affairs entitled Early Evidence, Future Promise Of Connected Health, three health care innovation leaders Joseph Kvedar, MD, Molly Joel Coye, MD, and Wendy Everett underscore the breadth of uses to which connected health applies in the overview paper. The article discusses the value of personal health technologies, to both providers and patients, as a key strategy for making health care more cost-effective.

CITRIS Event Recording Available: Health Care Price Transparency
Listen to a one-hour recording by Chris Whaley, Analytics Associate, Castlight Health on health care price transparency, the mechanics of Castlight's efforts to increase health care consumerism, and the role of "big data" in health care.

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.

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