May Newsletter

Released the week of 6/04/12

Successful Implementation of GRACE Team Care™ Technologies by Indiana Tech4Impact Grantee

The Center for Technology and Aging Indiana Tech4Impact grantee has reported the successful implementation of GRACE Team Care™ technologies to enhance the GRACE (Geriatric Resources for Assessment and Care of Elders), care management program. GRACE Team Care™ is an evidence-based care management model that has demonstrated improvement in patient quality of care and reductions in hospital utilization for older persons with complex health care needs. Findings indicate that GRACE technologies improved the quality, coordination, efficiency, and effectiveness of care management for 200 older Veterans with complex health care needs. GRACE technologies have been adapted to the VA electronic medical record and are in the process of being transferred to the Atlanta, Durham, and San Francisco VA Medical Centers for use by their geriatrics interdisciplinary teams in patient assessment, individualized care planning, and care management. Blog

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CTA provides this newsletter monthly, featuring recent publications, presentations, and news from the Center and CTA grantees, as well as applicable technology and aging news from the industry. Please complete this short 7-question survey to help us improve this newsletter to better meet the needs of users like you.Survey

Center for Technology and Aging (CTA)-Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Consumer eHealth Affinity Group Session Highlights Patient Engagement Strategies from Connecticut Pharmacists Foundation and San Diego Beacon Community

Principal Investigators from the San Diego Beacon Community and the Connecticut Pharmacists Foundation recently presented successful patient engagement strategies they employed within their respective Beacon Community and CTA grant projects. The webinar covers strategies for how to best recruit and engage patients within consumer eHealth initiatives and how to keep them actively engaged in intervention programs. Presentation

Presentation: Role of Technology in Care Transitions

Lynn Redington from CTA, Marisa Scala-Foley from the US Administration on Aging, and Janhavi Kirtane from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT discussed the role of technology in care transitions and the building blocks of systems development, through the lens of AoA communities and CTA grantees at the Aging in America Conference in March. Presentation

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

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

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