March Newsletter

Released the week of 3/28/11

Position Paper: mHealth Technologies: Applications to Benefit Older Adults

The Center for Technology and Aging has released its position paper on how mHealth technologies can help older adults maintain their independence, delay their transition to higher levels of healthcare, improve access to care, and foster patient-centered care that is available anywhere and at anytime. This paper describes Mobile Health (mHealth) issues and opportunities for the mHealth Diffusion Grants Program and related initiatives. This paper is being circulated as a Discussion Draft and comments are welcome. Position Paper

mHealth Diffusion Grants Program Accepting Applications

CTA’s Mobile Health (mHealth) Diffusion Grants Program is accepting letters of intent through April 5 for projects that focus on the adoption and diffusion of mhealth 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, chronic disease monitoring, medication compliance, safety monitoring, and access to health information. Grants Homepage

Presentations: Lessons Learned from CTA Medication Optimization and Remote Patient Monitoring Grantees

During the Aging in America Conference on April 26 and 27 in San Francisco, CTA staff and several grantees will present on lessons learned from the Medication Optimization and Remote Patient Monitoring projects. Grantees will discuss barriers and facilitators to the adoption and implementation of their respective technologies. Center Blog

CTA Presents at Remington's 9th Annual Forecasting Think Tank Summit: Transforming Home Care For Greater Value

CTA Program Director, Lynn Redington, spoke at the Remington 9th Annual Forecasting Think Tank Summit in St. Pete's Beach, Florida, on March 13th. Lynn's presentation, "Care Transitions Models and Key Technologies for Patients in the Home,” focused on how the call to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions is driving radical changes in care practices. Presentation

Ageing International Spotlight: “Technology Innovation Enabling Falls Risk Assessment in a Community Setting”

Falls are a significant source of disability for older adults and finding proactive ways to prevent their occurrence lessens their financial, physical, and emotional impacts. Authors, Ni Scanaill et all discuss how technologies that test for gait and balance can be used to prevent falls in the community setting. Article

Ageing International Spotlight: “Privacy, Technology, and Aging: A Proposed Framework”

In the second issue of the special double issue of Ageing International, authors Huber et al. conduct focus group research to better understand older adults’ perceptions regarding privacy concerns associated with home-based technologies. Their findings highlight the importance of perceived usefulness, social relationships, data granularity, and sensitivity of activities in how older adults perceive in-home technologies. 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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