ROI Calculator for Heart Failure Monitoring: The Center for Technology and Aging (CTA) and the Partners Healthcare Center for Connected Health (CCH) developed a return on investment (ROI) evaluation tool to help health care organizations assess the intrinsic financial costs and benefits of RPM technologies. Aggregate findings from this evaluation will be used to identify the benefits of RPM technologies for patients, providers, and family caregivers; strategies for program deployment; lessons learned; and program outcomes, including program ROI.
The Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, can help hospitals reduce readmission rates and emergency room visits. Developed by the Boston University Medical Center, the newly expanded toolkit provides guidance to implement the RED for all patients, including those with limited English proficiency and from diverse cultural backgrounds.Download the toolkit or order copies of the instructional manual by contacting the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov or call (800) 358-9295. (Boston Medical Center, 2013)
There are a plethora of health oriented applications for the consumer here's a short list:
- HealthIT.gov list of "Wellness Resources: Personal Wellness devices, apps, other resources for general wellness information"
- Quantified Self lists:
- Leading Age’s Center for Aging Services Buyer’s Guide (Technology). Leading Age is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations that advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age. Although advertiser sponsored, the organization provides a buyer’s guide for products that include remote care and monitoring.
- First Street Online – For Boomers and Beyond. This is catalog targeting both seniors and their adult children with a large selection that ranges from simple-setup computers to amplified phones, video and more.
- AARP articles and recommendations about technology. AARP has collected and sponsored many papers about aging better with the help of technology.
Mobile Health Apps 101:A Primer for Consumers is a good basic guide for the patient/consumer who is not so technologically knowledgeable was released by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).May 14, 2013.
The California based Center for Technology and Aging is a national leader in developing road maps for ways that technology can be used to deliver remote healthcare to older adults. They have released four comprehensive tool kits for those thinking about starting remote care programs. The tool kits span initial readiness assessment to ROI estimating and cover: Remote Patient Monitoring, mHealth, Medication Optimization and Care Transition. April, 2013,
Project BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older adults through Safe Transitions) is an ongoing program to develop and test best practices for discharge planning and care of older patients as they transition from the hospital to home. Their site is full of pmany examples of positive return in cost containment and patient satisfaction and includes:Clinical toolkit, Data Collection Tools, Project Management Tools, Educational Tools, Review of Key Literature and Exchange Information.