November Newsletter

Released the week of 11/28/11

California Legislation on Telehealth Provides Practical Advancements

California recently approved groundbreaking legislation to advance the broader use of telehealth. AB 415, the Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011 passed in October 2011, has updated California’s telehealth law with practical advancements around informed consent, provider definition, and replacement of the terminology for telemedicine with telehealth. Blog

CTA Grantee Presentation on Remote Patient Monitoring Strategies at AgeTech Conference

David Lindeman and two Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) grantees, Catholic Healthcare West and Healthcare Partners Institute for Applied Research and Education, shared lessons learned on RPM implementation at the AgeTech California Conference and Expo in Pasadena, CA, on November 15. Presentation

Lessons Learned from CTA’s Medication Optimization Grant Program Presented at Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting

Lessons Learned from the Medication Optimization Diffusion Grants Program were presented at the Gerontological Society of America's 64th Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston on November 19. Presentation

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

CPF’s year long project using videoconferencing 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, a high-medical-need population that is socially isolated, geographically dispersed, and experiences language and cultural barriers to care. Video

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

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