Released the week of 3/31/13

Achieving Real-World Results with Technology-Enabled Care: CTA’s Program Impact Report

The Center for Technology and Aging is a national leader in a powerful movement that is transforming health care for older adults through the use of technology. As care for people with chronic disease and functional limitations moves from clinical settings to home and to the community, a broad array of technologies can be harnessed to improve the health and well-being of older adults. This Impact Report summarizes how the Center’s initiatives have helped meet these goals. Report

“Minding our Meds” – Demonstrating Senior Medication Adherence with Cell Phone Texting Reminders: Front Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing (FPCTIW)

FPCTIW, a CTA mHealth grantee, has successfully deployed a medication mHealth SMS texting program for medication adherence among active, independent older adults from senior living communities and other community organizations. The findings of this initiative indicate that a cell phone texting reminder program is a viable and affordable solution for medication adherence for older adults, but that the program is not a ready-made fit for all older adults. The program will likely be more successful if it has an intervention length of 10-15 weeks, and targets a specific population of seniors in need of a medication management solution who are independent, younger, experiencing very mild memory loss, and have a baseline comfort level with technology. FPCTIW Program Outcomes

Self-Tracking Technology for Older Adults: Not Ready for Prime Time Toolkit©”

A recent Pew survey indicating that 69 percent of US adults track a health-related measure casts a new light on a rapidly proliferating set of consumer-oriented, Internet-connected, self-tracking technologies with names like FitBit, UP, and FuelBand. The survey indicates that older adults are the biggest self-trackers, but are doing so mainly in their heads or on paper. So are these products ready for prime time with older adults? The short answer is: Not yet. As to when they will be, the answer depends, at least in part, on how quickly the usability of self-tracking products and ‘smart’ mobile technologies intersect with the needs and adoption curve of older adults. Blog

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: Blog

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