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Center for Technology and Aging Brief Reviews Technologies That Improve Chronic Care and Help Older Adults Maintain Independence
Date:8/18/2009

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Technology and Aging has released "Technologies To Help Older Adults Maintain Independence: Advancing Technology Adoption," a briefing paper that describes seven technology areas with significant potential of improving chronic health care and increasing the independence of older adults, while reducing health care costs.

"Spending on hospitalizations and chronic care management now exceeds $500 billion per year, representing over 75 percent of all U.S. health care costs", said David Lindeman, PhD, Director of the Center for Technology and Aging. "As a nation we must rapidly accelerate the use of technologies as a means to reduce the cost of health care, while at the same time improving care."

The Center conducts research and grant-making activities, which support the adoption and diffusion of technologies that help seniors lead healthier lives and enable them to remain in their communities. The briefing paper focuses on areas that are ready for expansion, including two technology areas for the Center's first round of grant making -- remote patient monitoring and medication optimization. The Center will release its first request for proposals in September.

"As the nation focuses on health care reform, it is essential to address the societal costs of chronic illness among older adults," said Molly Joel Coye, MD, MPH, Chairperson of the Center's National Advisory Board. "Without more rapid dissemination of these important technologies - along with reimbursement reform - it will be difficult to meet the nation's health care quality and cost containment goals."

The discussion of each technology area includes an overview, review of current applications, and an assessment of future opportunities. The focus areas are:

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