Organizational Adoption: Implementing New Technologies to Optimize Medication Use Among Older Adults
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In 2010, five health services organizations—American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Foundation, Caring Choices, Connecticut Pharmacists Foundation, Veterans Administration Central California Health Care System, and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York—received grants from PHI's Center for Technology and Aging to demonstrate how technologies could help improve medication use in older adults with chronic health conditions.
Each project involved the use of one or more technologies in a coordinated effort with patients, families, and caregivers—such as pharmacists, home health agency staff, and physicians. The two-fold goal was to help improve the independence of the participating older adults while enabling them to avoid medication-related issues that potentially result in harm, hospitalization, or higher health care costs.
In this Practice Brief, the five grantees share their hard-won lessons in order to help other organizations more quickly and effectively implement similar technologies that help optimize medication use among older adults.