Released the week of 3/31/14

CITRIS Awards Seed Grants to 11 Projects Using Information Technology in the Service of Society
Evidence of CITRIS’s vibrant research across our four campuses may be seen in the recent announcement of the latest round of projects awarded CITRIS seed funding. The projects are all multi-campus and multi-disciplinary, reflecting CITRIS’s commitment to transcend both institutional and academic boundaries. Of the 44 proposals submitted, eleven will receive funding, with three projects focusing on health care.

The New Era of Connected Aging: A Framework for Understanding Technologies that Support Older Adults in Aging - 2014 Report Update
We are at the dawning of “connected aging” in which the growing array of Internet-based technologies and mobile devices increasingly will support older adults to age in place. Emerging technologies will enable both older adults and their caregivers to address a comprehensive range of medical, health, social, and functional needs. In addition, technology-based solutions that connect older adults to friends, family, and community are becoming more viable; older adults and their caregivers are growing increasingly tech savvy; technology usability is improving; and price points are descending. Read the updated 2014 Report on the New Era of Connected Aging to see new examples of technology-based solutions connecting older adults, caregivers, providers and the community.

Return on Investment for Remote Patient Monitoring: Developing the Model - Report and Case Studies
The Center for Connected Health (CCH) and the Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) developed a return on investment model for health care organizations to evaluate intrinsic financial benefits of remote patient monitoring. Supported by the California HealthCare Foundation, CTA and CCH developed the model in conjunction with five diverse health care organizations and input from other stakeholders. The resulting model was applied by each of the five health care organizations to test and validate the ROI of RPM tool. The methods to create the model and outcomes from the five organizations are discussed in this report and led the creation of a web-based ROI Tool. CTA and CCH are currently 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.

Using ROI Models for Scaling Remote Patient Monitoring Under the Affordable Care Act - CTA Presents at the American Telemedicine Association Conference
The American Telemedicine Association Conference in Baltimore features a working session on “Using ROI Models for Scaling Remote Patient Monitoring Under the Affordable Care Act” on Monday, May 19, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm, meeting room 318. The session will identify the primary strategies for successful scaling of remote patient monitoring (RPM) in alignment with the ACA and review the findings of a national study of implementation, scaling and ROI analyses of 25 successful, diverse health care organizations with RPM programs. The working session features David Lindeman, PhD, Director, CITRIS Health Care and Center for Technology and Aging; Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH, Corporate Manager, Research and Innovation, Center for Connected Health; and Valerie Steinmetz, Program Director, Center for Technology and Aging.

CITRIS Launches New Website
CITRIS is pleased to announce the release of our new website featuring a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation. Now it's easier than ever to keep up to date with CITRIS news, events, and research on your smart phone, tablet and desktop. You can also register for our events or reserve one of our meeting spaces online.

Understanding Connected Aging Through Empowering Technologies – CTA Presents at ASA’s Aging in America Conference
ASA’s Aging in America conference in San Diego featured a workshop on “Connected Aging Through Empowering Technologies,” that discussed the future of aging and role of technology to support aging in community. Participants learned 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 featured 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
Though often discussed as a quick and easy way to solve the challenges of healthcare for everyone, everywhere, the last few years of studies on telehealth in Europe and the USA have not lived up to the predicted expectations. Join CITRIS for a talk by Birthe Dinesen, Aalborg University, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PT). The one-hour session will provide an overview of the evidence base of telehealth within the last 20 years, reviewing facilitators and barriers to telehealth implementation, as well as lessons learned. Free and open to the public, 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.

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.


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