March Newsletter

Released the week of 3/26/12

Sharp HealthCare: Reducing 30-day Hospital Readmissions for Congestive Heart Failure Patients by Utilizing Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Technology

Sharp HealthCare, a CTA RPM grantee, utilized Cardiocom’s telescale technology and health coaching in two Sharp hospitals to help patients better manage their congestive heart failure condition. In addition to improving health outcomes, the program resulted in decreasing readmissions for the intervention group by half, from 20.7% to 10% when matching patients with similar characteristics. Blog

mHealth Videos: Front Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing Highlight Medication Reminder Text Messaging Program

A series of new videos demonstrate how CTA’s mHealth grantee, the Front Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing, is effectively utilizing cell phone text message medication reminders to help older adults adhere to their medication regime. Videos

David Lindeman Presents at UC Berkeley’s CITRIS Spring Research Exchange Meeting on Recent CTA Grantee Project Outcomes

At CITRIS’ (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) spring research exchange, David highlights the results and current progress of a subset of CTA’s 22 grant projects applying technology-enabled solutions for medication monitoring and adherence, remote patient monitoring, care transition strategies, and care protocols that use mobile health, ultimately resulting in improved health outcomes and independence for older adults. Video Presentation

Heading to the Aging in America Conference? Attend Workshop Led by CTA and AoA on the Role of Technology in Care Transitions

Lynn Redington from CTA and Marisa Scala-Foley from the US Administration on Aging, will explore the role of technology in care transitions and discuss the building blocks of systems development, through the lens of AoA communities and CTA grantees at the Aging in America Conference on March 31. Conference Program

HealthCare Partners, a CTA Remote Patient Monitoring Grantee, to Present Project Results at Med-e-Tel Conference

HealthCare Partners will present results of their initiative to remotely monitor COPD symptoms in older patients using interactive voice response technology (IVR) at the Med-e-Tel Conference in Luxembourg April 18-20, an official event of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH). Conference Program

Successful Implementation of a Care Transitions Coaching Tool by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), a CTA Tech4Impact grantee, implemented The Care Transitions Coaching Tool to facilitate the delivery and evaluation of the Care Transitions Intervention® (CTI). Use of the tool has resulted in a savings of up to 20 hours per week of a care transition coach’s time and up to 19 hours per week of supervisor time, which translates into a savings of approximately $969/week in personnel costs for the Department. Blog

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