October Newsletter

Released the week of 10/25/10

Tech4Impact Diffusion Grants Program Receives Proposals from States

During this last month we have been pleased to see the rollout of the Administration on Aging (AoA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) grants to 16 states. The Center for Technology and Aging supports these initiatives through its Tech4Impact Diffusion Grants Program. Center Blog

CTA is the Guest Editor for a Special Double Issue of Ageing International

The Center for Technology and Aging has edited two special issues of Ageing International entitled “Technology Adoption and Diffusion for Older Adults.” They explore how technology can improve the health and independence of older adults, with an emphasis on the diffusion and scalability of technology. The first is available online. Special Double Issue

Ageing International Spotlight: “Using Technology to Enhance the Aging Experience: A Market Analysis of Existing Technologies”

The introductory article from the first issue of the special double issue of Ageing International, by Jason Goldwater and Yael Harris, discusses the use of health information technology (HIT) to enhance the aging experience. HIT is a powerful tool that can support increased autonomy and control over older adults’ treatment and lifestyle as they age. HIT supports care coordination, enhances access to providers, and empowers residents in nursing homes, as well as while as enhancing services in home and community-based settings. Article

Special Issue of Ageing International Spotlight: “The ADOPT Model: Accelerating Diffusion of Proven Technologies for Older Adults”

The second featured article from the first issue of the special double issue of Ageing International presents a conceptual model of technology diffusion, “The ADOPT Model: Accelerating Diffusion of Proven Technologies for Older Adults.” It discusses important considerations for diffusing health technologies in home and community-based settings and overlays seven “diffusion strategies” used by collaborators, e.g. technology companies, aging services organizations, formal/informal caregivers, family members, medical providers, insurance companies, and others. Article

Panel Discussion at the October 6th VITAL Conference on Consumer Health Technologies Led by CTA

As consumers continue to take center stage in many aspects of health care delivery, panelists at the San Francisco VITAL conference discussed key issues related to health technologies and consumer empowerment. Lynn Redington, Senior Program Director at CTA, and Craig Lipset, Director of Health Technologies at Pfizer, led a discussion on measuring clinical and behavioral outcomes of consumer health technologies and establishing benchmarks and tools to facilitate the process. Lynn drew on experiences with CTA's health technology diffusion grants programs, as well as her extensive experience in the health technology industry. Presentation

Important Tech4Impact Dates

Letter of Intent Due
July 30, 2010

Grant Proposal Guidelines Released September 29, 2010

Full Proposals Due
October 21, 2010

Final Grant Award Decision Prior to December 31, 2010

Grant Start Date
January 4, 2011

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