Wednesday, June 2, 2010
5:30-7:00 PM, School of Nursing Auditorium
Healthcare Management Grand Rounds: Changing Practices - Home and Community Based Care Technologies for Independent Living.
Speaker: Eric Dishman (Intel Fellow)
Abstract: For all the international attention to healthcare reform, precious little attention has been paid to challenging the hundred year old premise that care is best practiced in an institutional environment, delivered by highly trained medical experts, and deployed reactively once someone is already sick, frail, or injured. If we are truly to improve quality of life for more people-and more older people-globally, while slowing the growth of healthcare costs, then we have to find ways to move beyond hospital-and-clinic centric practices to home-and-community based ones. We have to shift the locus of care-as well as some of the expertise and responsibility-to the home and to the family. The convergence of computing, communications, consumer electronic, andmedical technologies offers us a "platform" for doing this.
These technologies, while no magic pill, offer innovative ways to do home-based prevention, early detection, behavior change, social support, and caregiver engagement. I will give examples and show prototypes from Intel's ethnographic and pilot research in more than 1000 homes of seniors from 20 different countries that explore how independent living technologies can help us rethink the aging experience from "patient" to "provider" and shift care to the home.