CAST Expands Functional Assessment and Activity Monitoring Technology Toolkit

Mar 11, 2016, 13:42 ET from LeadingAge

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) updated its Functional Assessment and Activity Monitoring toolkit adding 6 new products to the online selection tool and product matrix, a new case study, and a new interactive guide to help providers understand, plan for, and select such technologies.

Functional decline is common among older adults. Functional assessment technologies help captures and analyzes a person's general behavior and capabilities to interact with the world, making it easier to detect decline, which is usually gradual and subtle, to determine older adult's changing needs.

The updates include:

  • A whitepaper with a new interactive online guide that helps organizations understand issues surrounding functional assessment and activity monitoring technology and outlines commercially technology solutions, their uses and benefits, and the most important functionalities, features, and planning steps care providers need to consider.
  • An enhanced Product Selection Matrix and Online Selection Tool that compares 20 different products from 19 vendors, with 6 new products added.
    This year, the product selection matrix is also published in Excel format to allow providers to sort and delete products, and perform side-by-side functionality comparisons of only products of interest.
  • A new case study that provides a real-life example of how The New Jewish Home improved efficiency and reduced their rate of rehospitalization from 11% to 5% through functional assessment and rehabilitation technology.

"The new interactive guide is geared towards busy executives and professionals to help them get a quick jump-start on the topic and navigate the comprehensive whitepaper efficiently," said Majd Alwan, Ph.D., LeadingAge senior VP for technology and executive director of CAST. "We also decided to publish the product matrix Excel file to make it easier for providers to compare short-listed products side-by-side. These additions to the toolkit will help aging-services providers be more proactive in identifying needs, adopting these technologies, and delivering services accordingly to support and prolong seniors' independence."

If you are planning on, or considering attending the PEAK Leadership Summit, you should attend the Remote Monitoring Technologies: Provider Case Studies session on Monday, March 14 from 2:30-4 pm to hear and see first-hand the toolkit updates and learn from providers' case studies.

Check out the participating vendors. To participate in future CAST technology selection portfolio update or development, contact Scott Code, aging services technology manager, at, 202-508-9466.

About the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies
The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) is focused on accelerating the development, evaluation, and adoption of emerging technologies that will transform the aging experience. As an international coalition of more than 400 technology companies, aging-services organizations, businesses, research universities and government representatives, CAST works under the auspices of LeadingAge, an association of 6,000+ members and partners that include not-for-profit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 39 state partners, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research partners.


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