SOURCE: Center for Technology and Aging
OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 28, 2013) - The Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) announced today the availability of new tools to help health care organizations design and implement technology-enabled health care programs for care transitions and medication optimization. The online tools are part of the recently launched ADOPT (Accelerate the Diffusion of Proven Technologies) Toolkit© website: http://toolkit.techandaging.org/.
"Connected health technologies that improve management of transitional care and medication optimization dramatically improve the health and well-being of persons with chronic disease or functional impairments, as well helping the nation avoid billions of dollars in costly hospital readmissions and other unnecessary health care expenses," said David Lindeman, PhD, Director of the Center for Technology and Aging.
The ADOPT Toolkit includes free, practical resources that guide hospitals, health systems, aging services organizations and other providers through the technology adoption phases: planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. Toolkit resources are organized into eight workstreams that simplify technology deployment steps: program planning, technology management, patient management, clinical management, financial management, administration, marketing, and finally, evaluation and performance improvement.
"These new 'how to' tools reflect our broad research, advisory services experience, and successful technology demonstration programs," said Lindeman. "Whether an organization is brand new to implementing technology-enabled programs, building off of successful programs, or fine tuning current programs, the ADOPT Toolkit offers tested mechanisms that improve and expand providers' capacity for adopting technologies."
The online Toolkit already includes resources for remote patient monitoring (RPM) and a fourth area, mobile health solutions, will be added later this year.
"This web site is comprehensive and right on point, it should be very helpful to health plans, providers, community clinics and public health agencies, as well as community-based organizations," said Ilia Rolón, Manager of Strategic Operations at CalOptima.
Care transition tools were developed in collaboration with numerous health care programs, including five state Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) that are part of an Administration on Aging (AoA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative to help individuals manage their long-term care support services. Indiana and Texas focused on care transitions program planning and evaluation. California, Rhode Island, and Washington expanded the use of personal health record technologies.
Medication optimization tools were developed in collaboration with ten organizations that implemented projects ranging from the use of pill dispensers to pharmacy tracking programs. According to a national report by NEHI, medication non-adherence costs the nation an estimated $290 billion or more than 10 percent of all US healthcare spending. Support for the development of the ADOPT Toolkit was provided by The SCAN Foundation, the Gordon Betty Moore Foundation, the California HealthCare Foundation, and The Commonwealth Fund.
The Center for Technology and Aging (www.techandaging.org) is a national resource center that supports the adoption of technology-enabled care for older adults that is patient-centered, coordinated, efficient, and effective. Through the ADOPT Toolkit and associated technical and operational advisory/consulting services, CTA enables health care providers, aging services organizations, payers, and policy makers to accelerate the implementation of proven technologies. A Public Health Institute center of excellence, CTA is located in Oakland, Calif.