Monday, April 7, 2008

The State of Technology in Aging Services

In March of 2008, the Center for Aging Services Technologies released a useful report on the state of technology in aging services. Three groupings of technologies are cited: health and wellness technologies, safety technologies, and social connectedness technologies. We are reminded of the barriers to technology adoption, which include negative experiences and misconceptions, lack of financial incentives, lack of consensus on value, and inadequate infrastructure. The report concludes with several recommended actions, among which are supporting research on the value of aging technologies, involving older adults in product design, and designing new financial models which combine prospective payment and pay for performance.


Gerard Szatvanyi said...

That is a very interesting topic. Actually, Gartner analysts predict that, by 2009, healthcare investments in IT will increase by more than 50 percent, which could enable clinicians to reduce the level of preventable deaths by 50 percent by 2013. Of course, nowadays most healthcare organizations have already invested in IT outsourcing, for anything from Telco and Wireless, to Application Data Development (i.e. LIMS, SOA), or even Business Process Management.
We’ve put together a detailed white paper on these subjects: . What is your experience with IT outsourcing in healthcare? Are these figures close to your personal experience or do you think there are certain issues we’ve missed covering? I strongly appreciate your professional opinions.

bicemo said...

Gerard: I believe IT outsourcing will continue to grow in small to medium size, non urban and non academic center sites. Lerge urban teaching hospitals are leading the way with IT investment, and I don't envision an appetite for outsourcing among this class of providers.
Given the perilous state of the economy, I seriously doubt that IT spending will increase by 50% in 2009. That claim, and the claim of possible 50% drop in preventable deaths, seem far too optimistic.