Using Technology to Enhance the Aging Experience: A Market Analysis of Existing Technologies
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- Goldwater, J. & Harris, Y. Ageing Int (2011) 36: 5. doi:10.1007/s12126-010-9071-2
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As the American population continues to age, there is an increased focus on person-centered care, which offers tremendous promise to improve both the quality and efficiency of care. The key feature is predicated on rethinking the medical model with the ultimate goal of supporting seniors to have more autonomy and control over their treatment and lifestyle as they age. Health information technology is a powerful tool that can support this transition by supporting care coordination, enhancing access, and empowering residents within the nursing home setting while also offering vehicles to provide needed services in home and community-based settings. Electronic health records can be used to increase efficiency, support care coordination, and provide caregivers timely access to information at any time or location. Telehealth includes an array of services that can increase quality and access in an inpatient setting and can also support individuals wishing to age in place. Technology can also be leveraged to increase physical, social, and cognitive stimulation. This paper provides details on a wide array of available health technologies, their benefits, and how these tools will transform the way people age during the next decade.