Released the week of 6/01/14

Panasonic Innovation HealthJam Virtual Conference: CTA and CITRIS to Host Forum on Technology and Older Adults

The Panasonic Innovation HealthJam is a free, 3-day virtual collaborative brainstorming conference on emerging industry issues across 8 important healthcare-related topic areas, June 17-19. CITRIS and the Center for Technology and Aging are sponsoring the "Technology and Older Adults" forum, which will address the advances in wearable, environmental, remote, social networking, and caregiver support technologies. Join host David Lindeman and distinguished speakers as participants identify the most immediate opportunities and challenges for technology-enabled solutions that meet the needs and demands of our aging population. The Innovation HealthJam is open to all members of the healthcare and technology ecosystems; registration is now open.

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 featured a working session on “Using ROI Models for Scaling Remote Patient Monitoring Under the Affordable Care Act,” which presented results from the National ROI of RPM Study conducted by the Center for Connected Health and the Center for Technology and Aging, with support from the California HealthCare Foundation. The Presentation identified primary strategies for successful scaling of remote patient monitoring (RPM) in alignment with the ACA. The working session featured 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; Valerie Steinmetz, Program Director, Center for Technology and Aging; and Clare Flanagan, Program Manager, Center for Connected Health.

The Foundry@CITRIS Tech Incubator Graduates First Class and Begins Second Cohort
The Foundry@CITRIS, a tech incubator for CITRIS students, faculty, staff, and recent alumni designed to help its participants navigate the obstacles that can doom start-ups in their early stages, successfully graduated the first class of 5 companies. Unlike other Bay Area high-tech start-up incubators, The Foundry focuses on developing smart products that are combinations of hardware and software. The first cohort was able to launch products and cumulatively raised more than five million dollars of additional capital from venture capital, angel investors, crowdfunding and grants. Given the success and visibility of the Foundry, the second cohort has raised the bar in terms of preparation and team development. Read more about the companies from both cohorts on the CITRIS website.

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.

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.

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 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 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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