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.
CITRIS Event Recording Available: 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 Birthe Dinesen, Aalborg University, as she provides 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. The recording is now available.
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 and led to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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