Groups Tap Funding for Mobile Health Efforts Targeting Seniors With Chronic Conditions

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In August, the Center for Technology and Aging awarded a total of $477,150 to five organizations for efforts to demonstrate how mobile health technology could improve care for older adults with chronic conditions.

The grants are partially funded by the SCAN Foundation, and the initiative also is receiving support from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The grant recipients will use the funding for a variety of projects. For example, San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare is piloting a program to remotely monitor patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In a California Healthline Special Report by Kelly Wilkinson, experts discussed how advances in mobile health technology could benefit seniors.

The Special Report includes comments from:

  • David Lindeman, director of the Center for Technology and Aging;
  • Nancy Pratt, senior vice president of clinical effectiveness at Sharp HealthCare;
  • René Seidel, vice president of programs and operations at the SCAN Foundation; and
  • Steven Wallace, associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (Wilkinson, California Healthline, 9/22).

The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.

susan smith
I have a family member who has her heart monitored remotely. She has several heart attacks and is a high-risk patient. But instead of having to dole out hundreds of dollars at a time to have her heart checked at her doctor's office, she has it done remotely. This is one example of how the system can control costs, while keeping current with patients.

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