Other Technology-Related Articles and Reports

by Published On: May 04, 2011Updated On: Aug 12, 2013

This section provides links to important technology and aging research reports from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), AARP, National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and others and aging services technologies from various resources including Federal agencies and research institutions.

  • Use of Electronic Health Records in Residential Care Communities – This report has provided baseline findings on the use of electronic health record and electronic health information exchange systems by residential care communities. This information should be relevant to discussions on the role of residential care communities; the effective transition from hospitals to residential care communities or other long-term care settings; avoidable rehospitalizations; and helping persons who live with multiple chronic conditions better manage their health care.
  • EHR Contracts:Key Contract Terms for Users to Understand – In late July 2013, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released its first guide to help electronic health record (EHR) buyers and users understand vendor contracts.The guide provides detailed information on 7 common EHR contract terms often found in vendor agreements. 
  • CIOC Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Cost Study –  The CIO Consortium undertook a study to consider the costs of deploying technology supporting the facility clinical team by analyzing a hypothetical 25-facility chain providing nursing care and rehabilitation services including all costs to evaluate, deploy, and operate an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.
  • Healthy@Home 2.0 – This report presents the results of a recent survey of seniors and caregivers to gauge their awareness of new technologies that could keep them independent and healthy at home, their willingness to use such technologies, as well as their current use of technology, their willingness to pay for these technologies and the budget they may have for them. This report is an update of the first Healthy@Home conducted in 2007.
  • e-Connected Family Caregiving: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century – This report presents the results of a recent survey of family caregivers’ willingness to use technology, perceived benefits of these technologies as well as barriers to their use. 
  • The 2005 White House Conference on Aging – (WHCoA) was held December 11-14, 2005, in Washington, D.C., and was the fifth WHCoA in history. The conference focused on the aging of today and tomorrow, including 78 million baby boomers who began to turn 60 in January 2006. The purpose was to make recommendations to the president and Congress to help guide national aging policies for the next 10 years and beyond. The WHCoA's final report, "The Booming Dynamics of Aging: From Awareness to Action," points out that "aging of the population is one of the most important demographic trends in the United States."
  • The AHRQ Studies HIT in Long-Term Care Settings – by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) addresses Implementation of Health Information Technology in Long-Term Care Settings.
  • The Future of the Personal Health Record – by Dr. Mike Magee discusses the future of the Personal Health Record.
  • The Caregiver Report – This report from the International Longevity Center provides an overview of the current state of caregiving in America, and highlights the challenges ahead with a call for action.
  • New Expectations From Older Users – by Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. examines what design features baby boomers will expect in technologies designed to promote aging independently and at home.
  • Nurses Talk Tech – 2006 – CDW Healthcare conducted this study of nurses to understand: How nurses use IT in executing their duties, Nurses’ attitudes on the potential of IT to improve patient care, and Nurses’ views on the effectiveness of IT within their own organizations.
  • Chronic Disease Management Systems vs. Electronic Health Records for Managing Chronic Illnesses – This report from the California Healthcare Foundation examines the comparative value of these two systems. The report finds that CDMSs scored higher in product function and are significantly less expensive. EMRs received higher ratings based on vendor services and technology.
  • Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology – This report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services addresses what obstacles and opportunities are involved with HIT.
  • Connecting Americans to Their Healthcare – This report offers the recommendations of a working group representing consumers, government agencies, technology companies and researchers on policies for electronic information sharing between doctors and patients. 


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