Systems, services, devices to help promote wellness and manage chronic disease

Is information technology a way to lower health costs?

Surprise: Information Technology may not lower cost of care.


As funding for aging tech rises, are near-term solutions elusive?

Please tell me I am wrong. As the economy sinks, funding for health IT has grown -- and of course, the National Institute on Aging continues to fund research on global aging.  Meanwhile Intel researches and invests, along with GE, in sensor-based monitoring technology. But I am uneasy. >>> Read more . . .

Jitterbug J -- LiveNurse phone app tests the health care water

Jitterbug announced a new phone this past week -- the Jitterbug J -- that I find striking -- simply because of its newly announced LiveNurse capability, offered as an additional service. Base service rate plans have risen from $10/month to $14.99 (50 minutes).  The $147 phone (not cheap!) is Bluetooth compatible, sleeker looking, with a speaker for hands-free/headset use. >>> Read more . . .

Let's help seniors engage -- beyond social networking

It's a great move forward for seniors to connect to the Internet and find purpose in their lives, as this Times article describes.  The 14 hours a day spent on Eons and -- I guess that's good. >>> Read more . . .

Philips Expands Home Healthcare Commitment

Philips helps the hospital continues to move into the home with a portable ventilator.


Are these dimensions or drivers of home health technologies?

It's always hard to tell whether something is observation or insight (or just plain wrong). But I've done 13 interviews in the past few months about home health technologies, with vendors ranging from A (Advanced Warning Systems) to Z (Zume Life). I am beginning to see a pattern about product offerings that seems to have three dimensions. These may be related to product success long term -- cost, capital, clinician involvement. >>> Read more . . .

Virtual doctor visits -- new study about effectiveness

A Boston study about using web camera and telephone to consult with a patient.


Connecticut -- aging population, not enough direct care workers

Connecticut’s elderly population will increase 69 percent by the year 2030 while the number of direct-care health workers is expected to decline 10 percent, the report states.


E-nagging Can Increase Healthy Activity

Trial shows that receiving automated e-mail reminders to do healthy activities works.

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