TED Talks: Putting Aging Services Technologies in the Spotlight

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In this month’s message, CAST Executive Director Majd Alwan calls your attention to presentations by LeadingAge Chair Audrey Weiner and CAST Senior Fellow in Technology Innovations Eric Dishman during forums sponsored by the acclaimed TED Talks. TED is a nonprofit organization that disseminates “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

Aging services technologies were front and center this month when the acclaimed TED Talks featured presentations by CAST Senior Fellow in Technology Innovations Eric Dishman and LeadingAge Chair Audrey Weiner. TED is a nonprofit organization that disseminates “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

Dishman shared the details of his recent kidney transplant -- including an ultrasound image of his new kidney—during a March presentation. He then outlined what his experience taught him about the health care system.

Weiner, the president and CEO of Jewish Home Lifecare, a CAST Patron in New York, will discuss her organization's technology partnership with Panasonic during TEDMED later today (April 18). We hope you can attend Audrey’s presentation online.

TEDMED is an annual program featuring short talks from thought leaders in health and medicine. The event celebrates the power of unexpected connections to create important new possibilities.

Proceeding of CAST Commission Meeting

We’re pleased to present an in-depth summary of the CAST Commissioners’ March meeting. That summary is included in a new CAST report called What Matters Most to LTPAC? How Payment Reforms, Data and Education Will Transform Business Models for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers.

I hope you’ll take a look at the report, which summarizes:

  • A conversation about payment reforms with Dr. Mark McClellan, CAST Chair.
  • A presentation on Population Health Management by Dr. Charles Lagor of Philips Home Monitoring.
  • A discussion about our plans for a new CAST-sponsored education initiative focusing on aging services technologies. 

Exploring Therapy and Rehabilitation Technologies

Be sure to check out the 4th installment of our 12-part series on technologies featured in CAST's new video, called High-Tech Aging: Improving Lives Today. This month’s installment addresses therapy and rehabilitation technologies and their role in accelerating recovery and reducing mobility impairments and physical decline.

CAST Case Study

We continue to highlight one case study each month from our Preparing for the Future case study collection. This month's case study is about Mather LifeWays, a LeadingAge member in Evanston, IL. I hope you will read this case study and integrate some of its lessons into your own planning.

This Month’s Issue of Tech Time

I hope you enjoy this issue of Tech Time! I urge you to read about the great things that CAST Supporters and Business Associates are doing in their own communities and markets. Read about how Morningside House Long Term Home Health Care Program, a LeadingAge member in New York, is using remote monitoring technology to reduce expensive hospital visits among its clients.

In addition, HealthMEDX, a CAST Supporter in Ozark, MO; It’s Never 2 Late, a CAST Supporter in Centennial, CO; Selfhelp Community Services, a CAST Patron in New York; and The Oaks, a LeadingAge member in Orangeburg, SC, have good news to share with fellow CAST and LeadingAge members.

Finally, I hope you will join us for the annual Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health Information Technology Summit. The Summit takes place June 17-18 in Baltimore, MD. It’s a must-attend event if you are wondering how your organization can meet the needs of an aging population while aligning your initiatives with the national health care and health information technology strategies.

As always, please contact me with any comments or questions.