Industry Analyst Updates Health and Technology Report

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Beyond current experimentation projects, health care delivery organizations need to pick up the pace of using technology, according to the updated report by Aging in Place Technology Watch. "We have consensus that health care cost growth is unsustainable, but obvious technology-enabled solutions are available and still not mainstream. But by 2020, consumers will insist on and care providers will shift to a more tech-enabled process, says Laurie Orlov, principal analyst and author of the report "Calibrated Care is Closer to Home."

Today home monitoring and telehealth technology markets, self-care technologies, retail clinics, and use of online websites can help individuals and caregivers to more effectively manage chronic disease and stay out of the hospital. By 2020, providers and patients will willingly participate in a process of calibrated care - matching the right level of care at the right time and right place - through lower-cost, technology-enabled and closer-to home interactions.

"With the 65+ population suffering from an average of two chronic conditions and likely to remain longer in their homes, coupled with ballooning costs and shrinking reimbursements, health care providers must rethink the process for managing and monitoring health in the home," said Orlov.

The recommendations are part of the updated report "Calibrated Care is Closer to Home," from Aging in Place Technology Watch. The document highlights best practice and the technologies that support delivery of health care outside the walls of the hospital, doctor's office, and emergency room.

Headquartered in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Aging in Place Technology Watch provides thought leadership, analysis and guidance about technologies and related services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice. In addition to her technology background and years as a technology industry analyst, founder Laurie M. Orlov is certified in geriatric care management from the University of Florida, consults to organizations like AARP and is the author of "When Your Parents Need Elder Care."

Orlov spent more than 30 years in the technology industry, including 24 years in IT and nine years as a leading industry analyst at Forrester Research. While there, she was often the first in the industry to identify technology trends and management strategies which have survived the test of time. She has spoken regularly and delivered keynote speeches at forums, industry consortia, and conferences. Her blog is frequently referenced in news sites and other media, including the Huffington Post, the New York Times, the Toronto Star, and the Wall Street Journal.

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