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Catch us at the 2013 mHealth Summit, December 8-11th in Washington DC!
The largest event of its kind, the 5th annual mHealth Summit delivers value for stakeholders across the mobile health ecosystem. The event uniquely gathers healthcare and technology leaders in government, the private sector, industry, academia, providers and not-for-profit organizations from across the mobile health continuum to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes, reduce costs and create a new paradigm in health care delivery both in the United States and abroad.
In keeping with HIMSS’ dedication of promoting startup companies in the mobile health arena, the Innovation Pavilion at the mHealth Summit will showcase up to 70 innovators who are focusing on mobile health, gaming and aging markets. The Startup ‘Mobile’ Health Pavilion, hosted by StartUp Health, returns to the 2013 mHealth Summit as a showcase of today’s most innovative early stage startups that are impacting mobile health. eCaring is proud to be among than 30 health tech entrepreneurs showcasing mHealth products or services over the 3 day event. Stop by the Innovation Zone to meet the innovators that are transforming healthcare!
This year’s summit will also feature programming dedicated to entrepreneurship and venture investment. The Venture+ Forum taking place on December 8, 2013, will bring together several hundred entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technology experts, and healthcare industry leaders to explore the latest innovations in mobile health and health information technology and the hottest trends in healthcare investment. eCaring is among a select group of emerging healthcare companies chosen to present at the Venture+ Forum.
Thanks to advancements in medicine, technology, and nutrition, Americans are living longer than ever before-– life spans have increased by 4.6 years since 1989 for men and 2.7 years for women. The U.S. Census projects the population of centenarians (those living +100 years) will exceed 1 million before 2050.
As the population ages, the meaning of “growing older” is changing drastically. To illustrate this point, we pulled together 3 stories of amazing seniors who have accomplished amazing things late in life.
Meet the World’s Oldest….
Oldest College Graduate
At 95 years young, Kansas resident Nola Ochs became the world’s oldest college students after graduating from Fort Hays State University in 1997. Nola, a survivor of the Dust Bowl, started attending community college classes after her husband passed away in 1972 and earned her undergraduate degree in General Studies over 30 years. An added bonus: Nola graduated alongside her 21-year-old granddaughter!
Oldest Facebook User
Edythe Kirchmaier, age 105, is the Facebook’s oldest user. As of today her page has nearly 16,000 likes and she her goal is to reach 105,000. Although Edythe has a love for new technology (she adores her iPad mini and loves Googling facts), Edythe’s social media efforts have a philanthropic undertone. For the past 40 years she has served as a volunteer with Direct Relief International and started her Facebook page to help her favorite charity. Edythe is very active in her community, continuing to work with Direct Relief one day a week and chauffeuring friends around in her minivan.
Oldest Marathon Runner
Can you imagine running 9 marathons?! The world’s oldest marathon runner, Fauja Singh picked up running in his 90s and completed nine 26-mile races over the course of a decade. Singh began running to find new focus after the death of his son, and found emotional clarity in clocking miles. In 2011, Singh became the first centenarian to complete a marathon after completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in a little over 8 hours. Singh hung up his sneakers and retired in February 2013 at the age of 101.
Hopefully these stories help highlight that it is never too late to get started. And the best time to get started is TODAY. What is something you aspire to do?
Today in the United States, over 12 million individuals receive home care services, accounting for a startling $72.2 billion in health care expenditures.
As the need for home health care grows alongside population aging, the need for a qualified workforce to serve older adults is increasing as well. Over one million home health aides serve America’s home care patients, a number projected to hit nearly 1.4 million by 2018.
And it’s not only paid caregivers who are shouldering the burden. Today approximately 65.7 million individuals currently describe themselves as family or friend caregivers. This method of care delivery costs an annual $85.7 billion. While Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance cover a portion of the costs for a number of these individuals, many pay for these costly in-home services completely out of pocket.
Even for those who can afford in-home care or qualify to receive home health benefits, many challenges remain to the reception of quality care:
- The Lack of a Continuum of Care – While it is estimated that 60% of people 65 and older need some type of long-term care, a full 90% of older adults live in their own homes and therefore spend most of their time away from inpatient settings or providers. New solutions are needed that bring affordable, continuous care to these populations when they are in their homes and away from their providers, so that they can follow best practices and plans of care in preserving their health as well as obtaining and using health care services.
- Preventable Events - Studies have shown that 64% of home health care recipients experience medication errors; similarly, falls cause 2.2 million injuries annually in adults over 65—over 18,000 of which are fatal—costing approximately $19 billion a year. The majority of these and other preventable events occur due to failure to attend to significant changes in health status, across clinical (e.g., weight, pulse, blood pressure), behavioral (e.g., shortness of breath, swelling, chest pain), and medication adherence metrics. It is estimated that improper care coordination costs an avoidable $25-$45 billion a year.
- Hospitalizations – Unattended problems can lead to hospitalizations and readmissions, both of which are highly prevalent in the home health care patient community, signifying the failure of current monitoring practices. A study of home health care patients found that nearly 13% of participants had engaged in one or more emergent care services in the past 60 days, over 87% of which were hospital emergency room visits. Further, over one-fifth of participants reported one or more overnight hospital stays since they had begun receiving home health care services. Thirty-four percent of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted within 90 days, and 56% within one year. Thirteen percent of these readmissions are considered preventable, costing Medicare alone an annual $25 billion. Because of this, CMS has begun to penalize hospitals for failing to reduce preventable readmissions—in 2012, those penalties were nearly $300 million, a figure expected to triple over the following two years.
In your opinion, what other challenges do you think home health care is up against?
eCaring is proud to showcase our real-time, web-base care management and monitoring technology among leading healthcare professionals at NYeC‘s Digital Health Conference, November 14-15 2013 in New York City.
The Digital Health Conference brings together a diverse group of professionals for two days of lively intellectual exchange.
Healthcare providers, IT innovators, health leadership, start-ups, hospital officials, group practice managers, investors, and entrepreneurs will gather to hear insights, ideas, and analysis from leaders in the health IT community.
Engage with thought-provoking lectures, interactive panels, emerging IT tools, technological exhibits, networking and discussion.
The event will be held at the Hilton New York, in the heart of Manhattan, and will showcase practical, innovative, and inspiring advancements in health information technology.
To learn more of register for the event visit: http://digitalhealthconference.com/
Despite the Big Apple’s fast paced lifestyle, Manhattan and the outer boroughs are experiencing a shift toward an older demographic. Today over 1 million older adults are living in the city, and New York State has the third highest population of seniors nationwide.
New York’s senior population is expected to boom 45% in the next 20 years, when 1 in every 5 New Yorkers will be age 60 or older. In a matter of decades, the number of older adults living in NYC will outnumber the amount of school-aged children.
What makes New York City’s aging demographic unique?: Its rich diversity and dynamic composition. Historically known as center for immigration, New York City has the largest foreign-born older adult population of any U.S. city and make up 46% of all city seniors. Over 463,000 aging immigrant residents call NYC home and numbers are growing in every borough. While the majority of immigrant seniors call Queens and Brooklyn home, the number of aging foreign-born persons increased in 21 out 55 neighborhoods throughout New York between 2000-2010. Interestingly, growth among the 85-and-over minority population is expected to skyrocket an average of 72% each decade between 2010 and 2040.
However, the aging of New York’s immigrant population presents a number of challenges. As a group, foreign-born elders have lower incomes, less retirement savings, and far fewer public benefits as compared to native New Yorkers. Language barriers can produce another roadblock in helping aging immigrants from accessing proper health care and housing, or can result in them falling through the cracks entirely. Many older immigrants grow more isolated as they age and are more likely to experience loneliness and depression.
Another challenge the city faces with its aging population focuses on health and chronic conditions. According to NYSOFA, the number of community-dwelling seniors living with functional impairments will grow 17% by 2015, highlighting the need for special support services to support older adults. Keeping New York City’s seniors at home longer, in good health is becoming more challenging as well. Over 79% of seniors living in city public housing report being diagnosed with two or more chronic conditions (cholesterol, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, or osteoporosis).
How can the city best identify and support these at-risk older adults? What strategies should the city be thinking about to enhance services for aging New Yorkers?