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NEWS | Technology ITUpdate CAST adds new interaction to major technology study » Providers who haven’t yet made accommodations for the soon-to-arrive all digital television service received a reprieve at press time. Congress voted to delay the nation’s transition to digital TV by four By John O’Connor months to June 12. The change applies The Center for Aging Services only to those communities that receive Technologies (CAST) has over-the-air TV signals. Operators with released an interactive version satellite and cable TV will not be affected. of the “State of Technology in Aging Services Report” it show- » Economic stimulus legislation A CAST document examines existing technology categories for seniors. cased during the recent Inter- passed by Congress now includes informa- national Consumer Electronics son is potentially unsafe (e.g. person's cognitive abilities. tion technology funding for long-term care Show in Las Vegas. has fallen, did not get out of In addition, the report facilities and nursing homes. Sen. Herb The report can be found his or her chair or didn’t turn offers interviews with various Kohl (D-WI) successfully amended the online at www.agingtech.org. off the stove). researchers. pending measure. Original language in the This latest document examines • Health technologies that Their collective view is that Senate version of the stimulus package did existing technology categories monitor blood pressure, respi- factors ranging from intercon- not include nursing facilities, long-term for seniors, as well as new tools ration and other conditions in nectivity between different sys- care facilities, skilled nursing facilities or now being developed. real-time while the person is at tems to usability, affordability home health entities in its definition of The study also highlights home. This reduces the need and the availability of technical “health care provider.” steps various firms are taking to for doctor's visits and notifies support and training will deter- serve seniors. For example, the caregivers immediately of sig- mine how fast these technolo- » Quinnipiac University researchers updated report includes links nificant changes. gies will grow. will attempt to determine whether seniors to the numerous corporations, • Medication dispensers CAST is an affiliate of the monitored by wireless sensors can remain universities, and aging-services that provide medicines at the American Association of Homes independent longer. The study will be con- providers that are involved in appropriate time and remind and Services for the Aging. The ducted at the Masonicare healthcare and seniors-related tools. a person to take them. organization participated for the retirement community in Wallingford, CT. The types of technology • Computer games that pro first time this year in the Interna- examined include: vide social networking, promote tional CES. It is considered the » The Department of Health and • Sensors that can detect brain stimulation, and even use world’s largest trade show for Human Services released the long-awaited and notify a caregiver if a per- diagnostic games to monitor a consumer electronics. n ICD-10 code set and set a new compliance date of Oct. 1, 2013. The later date gives providers
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