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Technology and Aging Focus of Conference to be Hosted by UPMC, Pitt and CMU

PITTSBURGH, March 17, 2010 – Technology is assuming an increasingly important role in the delivery of health care to the aged and in the way that individuals and families manage their own health and the health of their elderly family members. New systems are changing how clinicians access patient information and communicate with each other, expediting prevention, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic disorders. Devices that permit remote and self-monitoring are proliferating, as are technologies that promote independent living and enhance quality of life.

Aging and technology at the cutting edge will be the focus of a conference on how technology drives innovation and spawns new methods of acute and primary care in long-term and home settings. The Technology for Life and Living Conference will be held from 7a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 26, at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown Pittsburgh.

The conference is jointly sponsored by UPMC, the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging and the Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center. QoLT is a unique partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh that brings together a cross-disciplinary team of technologists, clinicians, industry partners, end users and other stakeholders to create revolutionary technologies that will improve and sustain the quality of life for all people.

Conference participants will explore existing and emerging technologies that support clinical practice and consumer-centric care in the home and community. The morning sessions will focus on the role of technology by clinicians in caring for older adults, while the afternoon sessions will be geared toward the family caregiver.

IBM healthcare technology director, Paul Grundy, M.D., M.P.H., will discuss the importance of the patient-centered medical home in caring for older adults in his keynote address at 8 a.m., Friday, March 26.

Some of the sessions included are:

  • Emerging technologies, including personal robots and Japan-led advances in aging services
  • Technology for everyday living, including driving, medication management and behavior monitoring
  • Challenges and implications of technology development

In addition to the Technology Conference, there are many additional sessions available for health care professionals at the annual Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine Conference being held Thursday, March 25 through Saturday, March 27.

For a complete list of sessions and to register, visit http://ccehs.upmc.edu.

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