Technologies for Improving Post-Acute Care Transitions

Description

A position paper that comprehensively describes care transition interventions with an emphasis on how telehealth technologies can improve the lives of older adults while controlling health care costs. The paper discusses why Care Transition Interventions are needed, lists potential applications, reviews types of technologies, and describes a 5- step process.

Audience

For program managers and other team members that want a one-stop source on telehealth technologies.

Helpful Tips

The paper is useful for the following aspects of program planning and development:
  • Technology review: the paper summarizes types of telehealth technologies and how they should functionally operate.
  • Program design and clinical management: the paper’s 5-step process (Collect, Transmit, Evaluate, Notify, and Intervene) offers a practical framework for telehealth program design and establishing clinical workflows.
  • Presenting the “case” for telehealth: the paper’s statistics on the needs for and applications of technologies, e.g., for better chronic disease management, can be used in building the business and clinical case for a new or expanded technology program.

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