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Using Technology to Improve Care of Older Adults

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Using Technology to Improve Care of Older Adults

SKU# 9780826142429


  • Diane Chau
  • Thomas Osborne
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Grounded in a unique team-based geriatrics perspective, this book delivers a broad range of current, evidence-based knowledge about innovative technology that has the potential to advance the care and well-being of older adults. It provides key information about the development, selection, and implementation of technology products, and describes research evidence, education-based initiatives, and systems thinking. The book also examines challenges and barriers to implementation, adoption, and innovation.

From telehealth and assistive technology in the home to simulation and augmented reality in educational settings, the text provides a hands-on, field-tested articulation of how products can aid in the transitional care process, chronic care delivery, and geriatrics/gerontology education. It discusses technology developments in rural areas, home telehealth, wearable technology, personalized medicine, social robots, technology to assist seniors with cognitive impairments, and the potential of artificial intelligence to enhance health care of older adults. The text is written to help health care professionals select the appropriate technology for their needs.


  • Describes the most current technology resources, evidence, and developments for older adult care
  • Based on a team-centered approach
  • Written by interprofessional health care providers experienced in implementing, developing, and adopting technology to assist older adults
  • Addresses the challenges, barriers, and opportunities for transforming aging with technology across transitions of care

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 11, 2017
  • Page Count 336
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826142429
  • EISBN 9780826142436

About The Author(s) 

Diane Chau, MD, is the PI of a $2.5m grant through the US Department of Health & Human Services to change clinical training environments for health care professionals from all disciplines through telehealth and technology to create a better skilled health care workforce. She is Associate Professor (past Program Director of Geriatric Medicine training program) at UC San Diego. A US News & World Report Top Physician, she completed her geriatric fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine in 2002 with a focus on education/curriculum design. During her career she has won over $5.5 million in peer-reviewed grant funding involving simulation training. She has been a published educator, mentor, educational program developer since 2002 with numerous historic and active grant-funding successes. She has a history of work in the area of simulation team training/telemedicine, dynamic team leadership, the successful completion of previous multimillion dollar projects related to education, and (excluding abstracts) has authored over 20 papers and book chapters in her field. She is also the Medical Director of GeriJoy, a tele-monitoring device company for seniors.

Thomas F. Osborne, MD, is the Director of Medical Informatics at Virtual Radiologic, a national radiology practice providing telemedicine services to over 2,100 hospitals and clinics in all 50 states as well as multiple different countries. He is also the Director of Research at MEDNAX, a national multispecialty medical group which comprises the nation’s leading providers and is reshaping the delivery of care with evidence-based solutions. Dr. Osborne is a forward-thinking leader who excels at the collaborative intersection of medicine, technology and business. He is known for his ability to anticipate industry trends and has been nationally recognized as the top physician to watch in his field. His teams are currently focused on a variety of healthcare quality and process improvement initiatives which are positively impacting the care of millions of patients around the world. Additional active projects and research include the design and development of enterprise infrastructures for clinical collaboration, engagement, education, and workflow efficiencies.

Dr. Osborne graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and went on to complete his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Harvard Medical School’s Mount Auburn Hospital. Dr. Osborne also completed advanced fellowship training in Neuroradiology at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts’s General Hospital.

Table of Contents 





1. Current Major Challenges in Aging and Targets for Technology

Ender Ricart, Thomas F. Osborne, Leonid A. Gavrilov, and Gavin W. Hougham

2. Promoting Technology Adoption and Engagement in Aging

Ashley Reynolds and Thomas F. Osborne


3. Transitions of Care and Technology Integration

Aroop K. Pal, Diane Chau, and Jessica L. Kalender-Rich

4. Home Telehealth

Thomas F. Osborne, John Russo, Jr., Bryan T. Arkwright, and Joel J. Reich

5. Telemedicine and Its Effects on Elder Care in Rural Areas

Roxana Aminbakhsh


6. Technology Design for Frailty

Adriana J. Salas, Ashley Reynolds, and Colin M. Thomas

7. Technology and Cognitive Impairment

Ian C. Neel, Roxana Aminbakhsh, Lauren Cook, and T. J. McCallum

8. Advances in Medication Adherence Technology in the Elderly Population

Kevin M. Krcmarik

9. Technological Advancements in Pain Management in the Elderly Population

Muhammad A. Waqar, Kelly Conright, Dawn R. Currie, and Jessica C. Cate


10. Personalized Medicine and Wearable Devices

Andrew Michael and Thomas F. Osborne

11. Social Robots and Other Relational Agents to Improve Patient Care

Victor H. S. Wang and Thomas F. Osborne

12. Artificial Intelligence and Its Potential to Improve the Health of Older Adults

Gavin W. Hougham, Amir M. Rahimi, Bruce A. McClelland, Nancy J. McMillan, Michael A. Schwemmer, David A. Friedenberg, Jeremy Bellay, Andrew J. Landgraf, and Thomas F. Osborne

13. Advances in Health Education Technology

Ashley Reynolds, Thomas F. Osborne, John Waggoner, Renee Melton, Ramin Motarjemi, Jürgen P. Schulze, and Diane Chau


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