Aging Services of California and the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) recently announced the formation of a new strategic partnership called AgeTech California to promote the use of advanced health and wellness technologies by home care providers and aging services providers throughout California. The partnership will be governed by an advisory committee chaired by Barry Berger of Accredited Nursing and Todd Murch of Eskaton. Council members include home care and aging services providers, foundations, health systems, technology companies and academic institutions.
The new effort will be led by Scott D. Peifer in January 2011 as its executive director. He will leave his current post at Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), based in Washington, DC, where he leads CAST’s state-level policy efforts to educate and advocate for the advancement of aging services technologies. Peifer’s aging policy experience includes serving as policy director for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, legislative director for the Pennsylvania State Senate and committee consultant for the California Senate Subcommittee on Aging and Long-Term Care. Peifer has a Master’s of Public Policy and Administration and a Master’s of Social Work from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).
“AgeTech was formed to help break down some of the barriers providers face with the adoption of new technologies,” said Joanne Handy, President & CEO of Aging Services of California. “We want AgeTech to assist providers implement proven, cost-effective technologies that will increase the efficiency of care and the quality of life for our clients receiving care.”