Released the week of 12/01/13

Smart Bandages to Track Wounds Through Healing – CITRIS Article


An interdisciplinary team of UC Berkeley and UCSF researchers are using printable electronics to make bandages that can track-and potentially advance-the healing of wounds. This new tool could potentially be applied to internal surgical sites and sutures, tracking internal healing and then wirelessly sending data out of the body to an external processor. Currently, there is no good way for doctors to track progress of internal wounds so this bandage could be used in numerous situations.

Return on Investment for Remote Patient Monitoring – Call for Participants in a California HealthCare Foundation National Study - Instructional ROI Tool Webinar Recording Available

The Center for Connected Health (CCH) and the Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) are inviting RPM programs to participate in a national study of ROI for RPM. This webinar by CCH and CTA provides an overview of the web-based ROI Tool for remote patient monitoring technology using an online ROI Calculator. Developed with support from the California HealthCare Foundation, the ROI Tool is an interactive, user-friendly program designed to help health care organizations evaluate the financial impact and return on investment for RPM based on the costs and outcomes associated with their programs. The webinar features insights into the creation and use of the ROI tool, results to date, and how to participate in the national ROI study of remote patient monitoring. CCH and CTA discuss the key drivers of a positive ROI and how to optimize RPM program design. If your organization has an active RPM program for CHF and/or COPD patients in place and is interested in participating, please contact Valerie Steinmetz at for more information.

Lessons from the Trenches: Adopting Medication Technology Within Agencies Serving Older Adults – Medication Optimization Article
Drawing from findings from health service organizations in the Center for Technology and Aging's Medication Optimization Diffusion Grants Program, this article lays out the key issues for implementing technology-based programs that are intended to improve medication use by older adults. The paper looks at the diffusion of innovation, in this case the diffusion of technologies, within five different health care organizations. The authors report new information that can guide agencies aiming to implement or adapt new medication adherence technologies, as well as provide guidance to grantmakers who are trying to determine how to best support the development of technology-enabled programs.

CITRIS Event 12/11: The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World
Join CITRIS for a talk by Marina Gorbis, Executive Director at the Institute for the Future, on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PST). Free and open to the public, Marina will discuss findings from her latest book on how new technologies are giving individuals power to connect and share resources and how networks of individuals—not big organizations—will solve a host of problems by reinventing business, education, medicine, banking, government, and scientific research. The one-hour discussion will take place on UC Berkeley Campus in the Banatao Auditorium of Sutardja Dai Hall. Registration is now open. The session is accessible via livestream.

Considerations for Community-Based mHealth Initiatives: Insights from Three Beacon Communities, Including CTA HealthInsight Grantee
mHealth is gaining widespread attention for its potential to engage patients in their health and health care in their daily lives. Emerging evidence suggests that mHealth interventions can be used effectively to support behavior change, but numerous challenges remain when implementing these programs at the community level. Three Beacon Community Programs (Crescent City Community in New Orleans, Louisiana, Southeast Michigan Community in Detroit, and the Utah Beacon Community in Salt Lake City) piloted text message-based projects aimed at diabetes risk reduction and disease management. The paper describes challenges, best practices, and lessons learned when implementing community-based mHealth initiatives.

CITRIS Event: Policy Impact of Telemedicine – Recording Now Available
Jana Katz-Bell, Assistant Dean, Interprofessional Programs at the UC Davis School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing presented at CITRIS as part of the Research Exchange Seminar Series on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. The recorded one-hour talk on the Policy Impact of Telemedicine is now available.

What’s Stopping Connected Health Interventions from Scaling? CTA Presents at the Connected Health Symposium - MobiHealthNews Article

The Connected Health Symposium in Boston featured a panel on “The Time for Connected Health is Now: Lessons in Taking Connected Health to Scale.” Moderated by Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH, Corporate Manager Research and Innovation at the Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, panelists discuss the challenges of taking connected health programs to scale and the evidence needed to go from pilots to scaled programs. The program features David Lindeman, PhD, Co-Director, CITRIS Health Care and Center for Technology and Aging; Margaret Laws, MPP, Director Innovations for the Underserved, California HealthCare Foundation; Rajni Aneja, MD, Strategic Executive, Humana; and Sree Chaguturu, MD, Medical Director Population Health Management, Partners HealthCare.

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