Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Grant Awards for mHealth Tech

The Center for Technology and Aging with funding from the SCAN Foundation has invested $477,150 in one-year grants to go to five organizations to utilize mHealth technologies. Using mHealth technologies for health monitoring could save from $1.96 billion to $5.83 billion in healthcare costs by the year 2014, according to Juniper Research.

The five grantees are innovative public and private health and social services provider organizations and will use the funding to demonstrate the best way to implement mobile health technologies for older adults with chronic health conditions.

The five grantees are:

• CalOptima (Orange County CA)—will use mHealth and wireless solutions to help transition people with heart disease to higher levels of care settings

• Family Services Agency of San Francisco—will use a cloud-based electronic health record with a tablet-based touchscreen assessment and care planning tool to improve assessment, coordination, and perform outcome evaluations for frail and isolated and low-income seniors, including some with behavioral health or substance abuse issues

• Front Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing (Los Angeles)—will address medication adherence among active and independent older adults using a medication adherence app for cell phones

• Healthinsight—will use a SMS-based mHealth intervention to improve diabetes education and care management in older adults

• Sharp HealthCare Foundation—will manage COPD care by remotely monitoring patients

“We are 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,” said David Lindeman, PhD Director of the Center for Technology and Aging.

For more information go to www.techandaging.org or email Daniel Danzig at dan@danzigcom.com or call (925) 216-8153.