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Center for Technology & Aging issues $447K in mHealth grants

Posted Jul 27, 2011 by Brian Dolan on Mobi Health News

The Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) announced this week that they have issued grants totaling $477,150 to five organizations developing mHealth technologies for older adults with chronic health conditions. The grants are meant to support the one-year programs. The Center aims to find effective approaches to using mHealth in a variety of settings to improve healthcare. The investment comes partially from funding by The SCAN Foundation.

“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,” stated David Lindeman, Director of the Center for Technology and Aging, in a press release. The Center quotes a Juniper Research report from this past May that predicted that mHealth advancements for health monitoring could save from $1.96 billion to $5.83 billion in healthcare costs by the year 2014.

The five grantees include:

CalOptima – “Preventing or delaying transitions of Medicare members with heart disease to higher levels of care settings using mHealth and wireless solutions.”

Family Services Agency of San Francisco – “Using a cloud-based electronic health record with a tablet-based touchscreen assessment and care planning tool to improve assessment, service coordination and outcome evaluation for frail and isolated, low-income seniors, including some with behavioral health or substance abuse issues.”

Front Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing – “Addressing medication adherence among active, independent older adults using a medication adherence app for cell phones.”

HealthInsight – “Using a SMS-based mHealth intervention to improve diabetes education and care management in older adults.”

Sharp HealthCare Foundation – “Managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care by remotely monitoring patients.”

Read the whole article at Center for Tech & Aging: $447K in mHealth grants.

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Trying to Remember Your Child’s Medical History Specifics? There’s an App for That!

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has launched East TN Kids, a new app that allows you to save vital health information about your child in one, easy to find place: your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. This free app allows parents to save data on everything from insurance and emergency contact numbers to immunizations and surgeries. It also provides hospital directions, doctor contact info, and general medical information for easy reference.

The app can be password protected, and once the information is loaded, it can be shared with other devices via Bluetooth connection. It stands to reason that as more physicians begin to carry iPads, sharing all this data can be done even more quickly.

With today’s on-the-go families, it’s more important than ever to have easy access to your child’s medical history data, especially in an emergency. The East Tennessee Children’s Hospital website,http://www.etch.com/, includes a step-by-step tutorial to make set-up a snap. Even if you don’t live in the region, the East TN Kids app could be a useful tool, and perhaps you can let your child’s doctor know “There’s an app for that!”

 

Kari Foster helps healthcare organizations and providers create and manage social media marketing activities. Follow her on Twitter @kskipperfoster.

 

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