October Newsletter

Released the week of 10/31/11

Grantee Highlight: Connecticut Pharmacists Foundation (CPF) Medication Optimization Program Results in Positive Health Outcomes and Demonstrated Cost Savings

CPF’s year long project using video conferencing and medication optimization technologies has demonstrated successful outcomes in several areas: improving patient communication and empowerment, increasing medication adherence, improving depression rates, and demonstrating cost savings. Project results are being used to advance a Cambodian medical home model that emphasizes technology and use of pharmacists, but has broader applications to all geographically and culturally at risk populations. Blog

A new video helps tell the compelling story of how the program has helped 100 older Cambodian-Americans survivors of the Khmer Rouge, a high-medical-need population that is socially isolated, geographically dispersed, and experiences language and cultural barriers to care. Video

Center for Technology and Aging (CTA)-Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Consumer eHealth Affinity Group Session Highlights Successful Sharp HealthCare Project

Sharp HealthCare’s Jason Broad and Cecile Davis discussed the implementation of their CTA Remote Patient Monitoring Project during the monthly Consumer eHealth Affinity Group Webinar. The presentation included barriers and facilitators to the project, lessons learned, and preliminary results on reducing the frequency of 30-day hospital readmissions and improving patient self-management. Presentation

Determining the ROI from Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM): A Primer

Before investing in an RPM program, organizations naturally seek to understand their potential return on investment (ROI). This Brief is a guide to the factors that should be considered in an ROI analysis. The guide follows a hypothetical example of an organization seeking to create a care management program for individuals with congestive heart failure who will be monitored for at least six months, if not longer. ROI Brief

Upcoming CTA Grantee Presentation at AgeTech Conference

David Lindeman and two RPM grantees, Catholic Healthcare West and Healthcare Partners Institute for Applied Research and Education, will share the lessons they’ve learned on RPM implementation at the AgeTech California Conference and Expo in Pasadena, CA, on Nov.15. Conference Agenda

CTA Presents at Grantmakers in Aging Conference on ROI Model

David Lindeman recently presented with the California HealthCare Foundation and Center for Connected Health on a joint initiative to develop an ROI Model for Remote Patient Monitoring of Heart Failure patients. The current model and background information on the initiative were discussed. Presentation

Important mHealth Dates

Optional Applicant Conference Call March 15, 2011

Letter of Intent Due
April 5, 2011

Full Grant Proposal Guidelines Released April 13, 2011

Full Proposals Due
May 13, 2011

Final Grant Award Decision
June 15, 2011

Expected Date for Grants to Commence August 1, 2011

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