Technologies that support the care of chronic conditions and improve the independence of older adults cover a wide spectrum, including communication technologies, telehealth, mobile technologies, assistive technologies, and health information exchange. The Center for Technology and Aging has focused on four technology domains that are experiencing rapid expansion and diffusion: Medication Optimization, Remote Patient Monitoring, technologies that support Post-Acute Care Transitions, and Mobile Health (mHealth). These technology areas offer high value to stakeholders, including providers, payers, and policy makers, who are engaged in achieving the Triple Aims and opportunities presented by the Accountable Care Act.
The Center has funded 22 organizations in these four program areas in order to identify the best ways to deploy and sustain technology-enabled interventions for older adults with chronic health conditions. Collectively these grants have demonstrated the significant potential for technology-enabled interventions to improve care processes, expand access to care, improve the care experience, and reduce the costs of care. Individual project descriptions, adoption strategies, program outcomes, and sustainability efforts are presented under each program area.
In addition to supporting program initiatives in four technology- program areas, the Center has collaborated with the Center for Connected Health on the development of a Return on Investment (ROI) Tool for organizations that are contemplating introducing, or have already deployed, Remote Patient Monitoring. This tool allows health care providers to determine the degree of potential cost savings through scenario planning. This initiative is supported by a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation.