With the ongoing development of thousands of new applications and other mobile technologies, now some focus has turned to harnessing these developments to aid seniors, reports a recent InformationWeek article. The Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) is investing a total of $477,150 into five organizations so they can pursue the best methods of developing mobile health (mHealth) technology for older adults with chronic health conditions.
The one-year grant is funded by a variety of sources, including the SCAN foundation, a charitable organization devoted to advancing the quality of care for seniors, as well as the office of the national coordinator for health IT’s Beacon Community Program.
“We’re undertaking this initiative just as the mHealth field is rapidly growing and demonstrating significant potential to improve care processes, expand access to care, augment other home care technologies, and reduce the costs of care,” David Lindeman, director of the CTA, said in a statement.
Many senior-focused mobile programs have popped up recently, from a diabetes manager to a blood pressure monitoring system to an e-health record system all accessible from mobile phones and iPads.
The CTA believes mHealth is emerging as a significant tool that allows seniors to use technology to connect with healthcare providers and the healthcare system while remaining at home, says InformationWeek, going on to state the grant’s goals and the organizations to which it’s been awarded.
Read the full article here.
Written by Alyssa Gerace