Center for Technology and Aging
The Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) serves as a national resource for the development, implementation, demonstration and evaluation of patient-centered technologies that benefit older adults. CTA supports the adoption and diffusion of technology-enabled care that is patient-centered, coordinated, efficient and effective. Center staff identify and evaluate the implementation and adoption of technology-enabled programs, focusing on Mobile Health (mHealth), Remote Patient Monitoring, Care Transitions, and Medication Management, among others.
Patient Centered mHealth: New Horizons in Diabetes Care in Community Health Centers
This study evaluates the effectiveness of an interactive mobile health information service, Care4Life, in supporting patient self-management of Diabetes by facilitating patient education, behavior change, and improved adherence with standard care practices. It is part of the McKesson Foundation’s Mobilizing for Health initiative to improve the health of underserved populations with chronic diseases through the use of mobile-phone technology.
Remote Patient Monitoring Demonstration Program
This study evaluates two Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) pilot projects in order to demonstrate the potential of RPM to increase the quality and efficiency of chronic disease management and post-acute care of older adults. The initiative also addresses the capacity of RPM to improve health outcomes, including reducing hospital admissions and readmissions.
Return on Investment of Remote Patient Monitoring Technologies for Older Adults
The Center for Connected Health and CTA are collaborating on advancing the adoption and sustainability of Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) technologies through the development, implementation and evaluation of a Return on Investment model for congestive heart failure patients. The ROI tool is an interactive, web-enabled program that assists providers in determining a RPM program’s ROI as well as provides a sensitivity analysis for organizational scenario planning.
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Caring for People with Advanced Illness
PHI’s Center for Technology and Aging pioneered new outreach techniques to underserved communities. In Oakland, CA, the Center helped place care navigators directly into five African-American churches to provide care to aging congregants. For people suffering from advanced illnesses like cancer, navigating the complex healthcare system can be daunting.
Through a joint program with the Alameda County Care Alliance in Oakland, CTA partnered with five African-American churches to place care navigators directly in their congregations, who are there to offer advice on advanced directives and offer guidance on housing, transportation, and respite care for caregivers. Through innovating and promoting new outreach techniques, CTA is helping to reach communities that experience consistent health disparities throughout life that are made even more pronounced as age brings on advanced illnesses. Learn more.