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The capacity of the U.S. health care system is rapidly being tested by the demands of a growing aging and disabled population. The challenges posed by the shear increase in population aging, combined with the disproportionate level of chronic illness among older adults, projected shortages in the long-term care work force, pressures on family caregivers, and rapid increases in the costs of health care, require significant changes in the way health providers address the needs of older adults. Technology offers an important means for addressing these challenges, and ultimately improving the well-being of older adults on both an individual and a systems level.
We are currently witnessing an unprecedented change in the way technology is reframing how health care will be delivered to our aging population; how older adults, family caregivers, and service providers communicate; how the long term care work force is trained; and how older adults obtain access to care and services. Technology has become a major contributor to improving the quality of aging services and care delivery, resulting in improved quality of life and independence of older adults.
The Center for Technology and Aging promotes the adoption and diffusion of proven technologies that support health care providers’ ability to better manage the delivery of chronic care. Programs supported by the Center are viewed through the lens of better care, better health, and better costs. This session discusses the results of several initiatives that apply technology-enabled solutions for medication monitoring and adherence, remote patient monitoring, care transition strategies, and care protocols that use mobile health, ultimately resulting in improved health outcomes and independence for older adults.