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Innovative Ways for Older Americans to be Never too Old to Play

Innovative Ways for Older Americans to be Never too Old to Play

Finding ourselves on the cusp of the close of Older Americans month and the entrée to the summer season – Memorial Day, it seems fitting to mention the “Never too Old to Play” theme. Through this mantra, older Americans are encouraged to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities.  And, one can think of no more important way to stay vital than by playing an active role in one’s individual healthcare decision-making.

According to the Administration on Aging, the older population–persons 65 years or older–numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available).  Representing 12.9% of the U.S. population, they account for one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. People 65+ represented 12.4% of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 19% of the population by 2030.

As outlined in Older Americans – Key Indicators of Well-Being, in 2006, on average,  individuals 65-74 incurred close to $10,000 in healthcare costs, while those 75+ averaged between $18,000- $24,000, depending on the number of chronic conditions present.  With a significant number of individuals rapidly approaching this age, how do we keep seniors actively engaged in good health?

One potential area ripe for opportunity:  using the Medicare Wellness benefit to deliver preventive services – according to the John A. Hartford Foundation, a New York City nonprofit that works to improve the well-being of seniors and supports expanded geriatric training for physicians and other health professionals.  In their recent telephone poll, only 7% of the surveyed seniors said they received each of the key preventive services identified by geriatric experts, including an annual medication review and referral to non-medical services such as support groups and exercise programs.  With a mere 17% of the group taking advantage of the Medicare Wellness benefit, marketing and outreach efforts must be improved.

With increasing numbers of aging individuals preferring  to remain in their homes, the ability to obtain preventative healthcare services becomes tantamount.  Recognizing this need, Intel-GE Care Innovations has developed several products for senior care – QuietCare, Connect, and Guide.  Care Innovations’ QuietCare uses a wireless platform that can be used to provide information about the safety and security of an individual. It can detect and alert caregivers to falls or changes in behavior, which can help retain residents by detecting emergencies sooner and preventing hospitalizations.  A second Intel-GE Care Innovations product, Connect, provides a portal to allow senior living communities to virtually engage with residents, family, friends, and/or to a wellness coach.

The Guide product is a telehealth hub that’s designed specifically to engage seniors with one or more chronic diseases. Through remote monitoring and medication compliance, the system seeks to prevent urgent care, emergency room visits or hospital readmissions.  While these efforts are surely a step in the right direction, another company, iRobot, has developed perhaps the most forward thinking means of assisting elders in their at-home preventative care – Ava, the robot.  In essence, a mobile tablet, the ingenuity in this set-up resides in the ability to equip Ava with Siriesque voice activation – and with it, the ability to address companionship and other psychosocial needs.

Knowing that this is just the tip of the iceberg, what are other innovative ways for older Americans to be never too old to play?

Principle Healthcare Associates is an expert resource and dedicated advocate for Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Physician and Healthcare Executive job seekers. With many years of recruiting experience, we deliver strategies to help clients identify diamonds in the rough and candidates that stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Contact us at PHA email and be sure to visit us at PHA Website

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Advancing Women’s Health with Innovation and Technology

Advancing Women’s Health with Innovation and Technology

Dr. Susan Blumenthal, former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, shared a bevy of telling statistics about women in a recent Huffington Post article.

  • There are 3.4 billion women worldwide.
  • The number of people over the age of 60 is expected to reach 1 billion by 2020 and almost 2 billion by 2050, with women constituting a majority of the population.
  • In the U.S., women over the age of 65 are predicted to represent 20 percent of the country’s population by 2050.
  • More than two-thirds of the world’s refugees are women and children, and gender-based violence causes more deaths and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, and traffic accidents combined.
  • Globally, two-thirds of the people who are illiterate are women, and 41 million girls are denied access to a primary education.
  • Every day, an estimated 1,600 women die from preventable complications during pregnancy or childbirth, and 99 percent of maternal mortality occurs in the developing world.
  • Globally, young women are 1.6 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS than young men.

As noted by Dr. Blumenthal, improving surveillance of disease, advancing scientific research, strengthening health systems, increasing awareness of cultural issues, and emphasizing disease prevention, and promoting early detection and treatment are the cornerstones of ensuring a healthier future for women worldwide.  Specifically, I am wondering …how are we using innovation and technology to accomplish these goals?

For the good news, advancement is occurring in a variety of ways.  The UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health has targeted nine areas for improvement.  Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, Comprehensive Fibroid Center, Center for Reproductive Health, Center for Reproductive Sciences, Women’s Continence Center and the Women’s Health and the Empowerment Center of Expertise all support research in Women’s Health through first-rate basic science, public policy, clinical research, and translational research.

With women making the majority of family healthcare decisions as the primary caregiver, smart health systems, such as the Women’s College Hospital, are seeking women’s opinions for optimizing care delivery in a variety of environments.   And, healthcare information technology providers are heeding the call as well.  Cerner Women’s Health supports a pregnant woman’s entire continuum of care. It is integrated and accessible in real time — from the patient’s home, to her doctor’s office, to the labor and delivery room, to surgery, to the NICU, and eventually back to her home.

One of the most exciting tools to note is Advancing Women’s Health, a universally accessible free resource for educational and teaching tools focused on sex- and gender-specific women’s health for clinicians, medical faculty, medical students and health practitioners. Created by members of leading women’s health organizations and the largest women physician’s organization in the U.S., Advancing Women’s Health is aimed at improving women’s health by recognizing and applying evidence-based medicine to the specific issues, concerns, and medical responses that affect women.

No small undertaking indeed, this comprehensive tool appears to have utility in a variety of formats.  So, will we see custom text alerts being created…or better yet, preventative healthcare messages being distributed via an Advancing Women’s Health app?  I, for one, would celebrate that.

Principle Healthcare Associates is an expert resource and dedicated advocate for Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Physician and Healthcare Executive job seekers. With many years of recruiting experience, we deliver strategies to help clients identify diamonds in the rough and candidates that stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Contact us at PHA email and be sure to visit us at PHA Website

Is it Possible to use Disruptive Innovations to Integrate Health Systems?

Is it Possible to use Disruptive Innovations to Integrate Health Systems?

It was an exciting week for the American Hospital Association, as they commenced their 2012 Annual Meeting, Champions for Cure.    With key focuses on Medicaid, Medicare, clinical integration, diversity, health information technology, medical education and the all important quality and patient safety, there were a number of impressive keynote speakers.  In particular, I happened to log into twitter just in time to catch a few tweets regarding south Florida Democratic Representative, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s, speech.  A breast cancer survivor and current Vice Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, I was intrigued to hear her imploring the audience to engage their constituents in healthcare innovation.

I applaud her comments, as well as, those captured in Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya’s TEDxStouffville talk, “Disruptive Innovations to Integrate Healthcare Systems”.  As a clinician scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michaels Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, he studies innovative health service delivery models for the poor in low and middle income countries and is the co-lead of Building Bridges to Integrate Care, an Ontario Ministry funded initiative to incubate and replicate new models of care for complex chronic disease.

In light of his comments, do you think that it is possible to use disruptive innovations to integrate health systems?

Principle Healthcare Associates is an expert resource and dedicated advocate for Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Physician and Healthcare Executive job seekers. With many years of recruiting experience, we deliver strategies to help clients identify diamonds in the rough and candidates that stand head and shoulders above the competition.

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Imagine a World Where mHealth, Telemedicine and EMRs Integrated Seamlessly

Imagine a World Where mHealth, Telemedicine and EMRs Integrated Seamlessly

With the close of the American Telemedicine Association’s 2012 Conference and Exposition this week, I have seen a number of articles regarding the confluence of tele and mobile health in care delivery innovation.  In HIMSS editor Erick Wickland’s article, ATA Panel:  mHealth could make the smartphone a valuable piece of real estate, he reiterates Qualcomm Life vice president Don Jones’ comments, “Not all mobile health is wireless and not all wireless health is mobile. Maybe the user is mobile. The key may lie in connectivity – connecting physicians and patients to each other and to important data no matter where any of the three are located and by any number of secure means of communication.”

While there were many exciting announcements regarding mobile apps for remote monitoring services, medication adherence tracking, specialist consultations and real-time video visits between physicians and patients, the question still remains….can this important information be seamlessly integrated with EMR data for a comprehensive picture of the person being treated?

Scott Feinberg, Director of Telehealth at UnitedHealth Group, tackled this question at the ATA Fall 2011 Forum, so listen in to hear his thoughts.  And then imagine a world where….

Principle Healthcare Associates is an expert resource and dedicated advocate for Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Physician and Healthcare Executive job seekers. With many years of recruiting experience, we deliver strategies to help clients identify diamonds in the rough and candidates that stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Contact us at PHA email and be sure to visit us at PHA Website