CAST Discusses Technology and Premiers Video at IOM Workshop

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In this month’s message, CAST Executive Director Majd Alwan , which was held at the Institute of Medicine on Dec. 19. During the meeting, CAST premiered , its new vision video.

LeadingAge and CAST had a very exciting Dec. 19!

LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix and I began the day by making presentations at a Public Workshop on Fostering Independence and Healthy Aging through Technology. The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Forum on Aging, Disability and Independence convened the workshop.

Larry is a member of the Forum, which brings together stakeholders in the aging and disability worlds. The group’s mission is to identify barriers standing in the way of independence for older adults and people with disabilities, and to explore strategies to remove those barriers.

Larry introduced our good friend Steve Saling to his IOM colleagues. Steve, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), helped design and currently lives at the Leonard Florence Center for Living, a LeadingAge member in Chelsea, MA. A variety of technology solutions help Steve remain active and engaged despite his physical challenges.

It was great to have Steve at the meeting. He is a convincing advocate for the important role technology can play in fostering independence among people of all ages.

Premiere of CAST’s Vision Video

During my remarks, I highlighted the findings of the Aging Services Technologies Study, which CAST co-led and co-authored with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. Then, Larry and I officially unveiled CAST’s highly anticipated vision video, High-Tech Aging: Improving Lives Today.

As you know, CAST has been developing this video over the past few months, with help from many of you. It was truly exciting to hold its premiere at such a prestigious gathering of experts and advocates for older adults and people with disabilities. 

I know the video’s primary message – that “affordable commercially available technology can facilitate coordinated care and independence today” – resonated with workshop participants.

Our video tells the story of Alma, an 83-year-old woman whose journey from home to hospital, rehabilitation and back home is assisted by technology. I strongly believe that your staff, residents, board members and strategic partners will gain important insights from the video. 

Please share it with them. You can easily download the video from the LeadingAge.org.

CAST Commission Report

The IOM workshop, CAST video and Aging Services Technologies Study were among the many topics that the CAST Commissioners discussed at their October meeting in Denver. A summary of the Commission meeting can be found in a new report entitled Abundant Opportunity: How Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers Can Contribute to Reforming the Nation’s Health Care System. I hope you will review it and send me your thoughts about the Commission’s discussions.  

CAST Case Study

Each month, Tech Time highlights one case study from Preparing for the Future: Developing Technology-Enabled Long-Term Services and Supports for a New Population of Older Adults. This month's case study is about Providence Life Services, a LeadingAge member and CAST Patron in Tinley Park, IL. I hope you will read this case study and integrate some of its lessons into your own planning.

Workgroup on Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring

CAST is proud of our case study collection and of our EHR Portfolio, which you can use to select the right EHR for your organization.

If you liked these products, you will be pleased to know that CAST is launching a new project to develop tools for providers interested in implementing telehealth and remote patient monitoring solutions. 

We are planning to begin this project by convening a workgroup of providers and technology company representatives. Please contact me if you are interested in participating in this workgroup.

Issue Highlights

I hope you enjoy this issue of Tech Time. In particular, I urge you to read about the great things that CAST Supporters and Business Associates are doing in their own communities and markets.

Finally, all of your friends at CAST wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a prosperous New Year! As always, please contact me with any comments or questions.