OAKLAND, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/11/10 -- The Center for Technology and Aging today
released application guidelines for its $500,000 Remote Patient Monitoring
Diffusion Grants Program. Up to five one-year grants will be made to
organizations successfully proposing programs that directly benefit older
adults. Most grants will focus on Californians, but one or two may include
older adults in other regions of the U.S.
Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) refers to a wide variety of technologies
designed to manage and monitor a range of health conditions and that are
particularly applicable for people with chronic illness or prone to falls
"Eight out of ten older Americans are faced with the health challenges of
one or more chronic diseases. One of the most important means of
maintaining older adults' independence and maximizing their functional
capacity is the ability for caregivers, clinicians, and family members to
monitor vital signs or a person's whereabouts from a distance. Thankfully,
many effective tools and technologies already exist to greatly reduce these
problems," said David Lindeman, Ph.D., director of the Center for
Technology and Aging. "We want to see the use of these technologies expand
more quickly across the U.S."
Programs eligible for grants must use technologies already proven and ready
to be used more broadly. Grant applicants are expected to have prior
experience with remote patient monitoring technologies and must be able to
demonstrate a positive and measurable impact in the near term, including
reducing the likelihood that older adults will be moved to more intensive,
higher-cost care settings. Programs seeking grants must propose a strategy
for integrating their technology into the fabric of state and national
health care delivery and reimbursement systems.
The deadline for Letters of Intent is 5 p.m. PST, Friday, March 12, 2010.
Applicants will be notified by March 26, 2010 if selected to submit a full
proposal. The anticipated start date for grant projects is July 1, 2010.
Application information is available for download at
The Center for Technology and Aging (www.techandaging.org) is devoted to
helping California and the nation more rapidly implement technologies that
improve home and community-based care for older adults. Through research,
grants, public policy involvement, and development of practical
implementation tools, the Center serves as a resource for all those seeking
to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of long-term care services.
It was established in 2009 with a generous grant from The SCAN Foundation
(www.thescanfoundation.org) and is located at the Public Health Institute
(www.phi.org) in Oakland, CA.
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