Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Age in Place Wednesday

Computer School for Seniors will be sharing her insightful research on how seniors can safely and successfully live independent lives in the home of their choice.


New Industry Analyst Report
Recommends Tech-Enabled
Home Health Care

Thursday - September 10th, 2009 - 11:40am EST by Brian Dolan
Port St. Lucie, FL. — September 9, 2009

Healthcare delivery needs to get serious about using technology, according to a new report by Aging in Place Technology Watch. “We have consensus that health care cost growth is unsustainable, but obvious technology-enabled solutions are both available and still largely ignored. But by 2020, consumers will insist on and care providers shift to a more tech-enabled process, says Laurie Orlov, principal analyst and author of the report “Calibrated Care is Closer to Home.”

Today home monitoring and telehealth technology markets, self-care technologies, retail clinics, and use of online websites help individuals and caregivers to more effectively manage chronic disease. By 2020, providers and patients will willingly participate in a process of calibrated care – matching the right level of care at the right time and right place – through lower-cost, technology-enabled and closer-to home interactions.

“With the 65+ population suffering from an average of two chronic conditions and likely to remain longer in their homes, now is the time to rethink the process for managing and monitoring health in the home,” said Orlov.

The recommendations are part of a new report “Calibrated Care is Closer to Home,” from Aging in Place Technology Watch. The document highlights technologies that support delivery of health care outside the walls of the hospital, doctor’s office, and emergency room.

“Says Mary Furlong, founder of SeniorNet and author of “Turning Silver into Gold: “With her March 2009 Market Overview, Laurie accurately analyzed and described the emerging technology landscape to help boomers and seniors age in place. I’m so pleased that she is critiquing the world of home health. In addition, by moving into this space from the IT sector, she is paving the way for others.”

Headquartered in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Aging in Place Technology Watch provides thought leadership, analysis and guidance about technologies and related services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice. In addition to her technology background and years as a technology industry analyst, founder Laurie M. Orlov is certified in geriatric care management from the University of Florida, a long-term care ombudsman and the author of “When Your Parents Need Elder Care.”

Orlov spent more than 30 years in the technology industry, including 24 years in IT and nine years as a leading industry analyst at Forrester Research. While there, she was often the first in the industry to identify technology trends and management strategies which have survived the test of time. She has spoken regularly and delivered keynote speeches at forums, industry consortia, conferences, and symposia. In 1996, Laurie was named to McGraw-Hill/Open Computing’s list of the top 100 women in computing. Laurie is now a featured columnist on GilbertGuide and her blog is referenced on a growing number of websites, including SmartSilvers, RetirementHomes, Huffington Post, the New York Times, SilverPlanet, Mature Market Experts, and Computer School for Seniors.

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