Are you familiar with the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) and how it can benefit you?
 
If not, check these excerpts from a recent article in The Huffington Post, “LeadingAge Cultivates Global Coalitions to Reimagine The Future of Ageing with Help of Emerging Technology,” which featured an interview with Majd Alwan, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Technology for LeadingAge and Executive Director of CAST.
 
What is CAST?
 
CAST is a program of LeadingAge that brings a coalition of more than 400 technology companies, aging-services organizations, businesses, research universities and government representatives, and works on accelerating the development, evaluation, and adoption of emerging technologies that will transform the aging experience.
 
What problem is CAST solving?
 
CAST is:

  • Providing a vision for technology-enabled integrated/ coordinated care and helping aging services providers identify technology-enabled business models that are likely to become a mainstay over the next few years, as well as key enabling technologies (see our strategic scenario planning report).
  • Raising awareness to available technology solutions, their value, evidence of efficacy, cost effectiveness and barriers to technology adoption through formal research, like the Aging Services Technology Study Report to Congress, and informal research aimed at documenting provider’s experience with technology through real-life case studies.
  • Providing hands-on technology planning and selection tools that help providers, and frankly, consumers, better understand, plan for, and most importantly select technology solutions that fit their living or care setting.
  • Tracking technology adoption and technology spending among LeadingAge Members, and the whole long-term and post-acute care sector in general.
  • Advocating to remove the barriers to the development, adoption, and use of technology.

Who is your target beneficiary or customer?
 
The primary target beneficiary is LeadingAge members, and the secondary beneficiary is consumers, be it older adults or their caregivers.
 
The tools for Electronic Health Record (EHR), Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), Medication Management, Functional Assessment and Activity Monitoring, and Shared Care Planning and Coordination can significantly help consumers who are interested in Thriving in Place of Choice, not just Aging in Place, to select appropriate technology solutions.
 
What does your portfolio contain?

Each portfolio has five components:

  • A comprehensive whitepaper that defines the care issue, the technology and its uses; reviews evidence of efficacy and cost effectiveness; and outlines appropriate business models and available revenue or reimbursement streams.
  • An interactive guide, or whitepaper overview.
  • A matrix that compares commercially available products.
  • An online selection tool.
  • A set of case studies from providers.

 
How does a beneficiary interact with your portfolio of technologies / gain access to them?
 
Each portfolio is a one-stop-shop that has all the resources relevant to each category of technology in one place. Users have told us that it saved them months of research, especially finding information about commercially available products, and that they saved tens of thousands of dollars in consulting fees they would otherwise have paid to outside consultants.