10:10 - 10:55 amSaturday, September 17
Plenary Hall
This isn't your grandparents computer: improving the health of older adults through innovative technology
Plenary Hall
This isn't your grandparents computer: improving the health of older adults through innovative technology
Dignity Health
Medicine X Board Member
University of Utah College of Nursing
Dignity Health
The population is aging and technology use is becoming more commonplace among older adults. While medications are being reduced to avoid polypharmacy, the use of technology is on the rise to improve patient-provider... Read more

Description

The population is aging and technology use is becoming more commonplace among older adults. While medications are being reduced to avoid polypharmacy, the use of technology is on the rise to improve patient-provider relationships, support self-care, enhance health literacy, increase safety, and engage patients in their own health. This panel will highlight innovative concepts, creative design, and evolving technologies that should be maximized to optimize health in older adults with chronic conditions.

PANELISTS
Frances Patmon, nurse and research scientist from Dignity Health focuses on older adult repeat utilization of services in the emergency department from complications of their chronic conditions. She will moderate the panel, framing the discussion about interactive patient engagement technologies (iPET) and how technology has the potential to improve the overall health of the aging population.

Michelle Litchman, nurse practitioner and assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, examines the intersection of diabetes, aging, peer health and technology. She will discuss the training and functional use challenges seen in older adults using technology to manage their health, and educational strategies for successful use. She will also provide insight on the safety issues related to not providing older adults with necessary technology, and training necessary for functional use, to manage their health.

Chris Snider, Stanford Medicine X Executive Board Member, social media strategist for Smart Patients and Patient Community Advocate for Symplur lives well with type 1 diabetes. He will discuss aging in the context of the diabetes online community through the platform of a #DSMA tweetchat. He will review how individuals engaging in the DOC define successful aging, their concerns about aging, how healthcare providers and technology can help or hinder successful aging, and how the DOC will support them as they age.

Perry Gee, nurse, clinical informaticist and research scientist from Dignity Health, studies chronic disease, eHealth, aging, and technology. He will discuss the role of design and human factors when developing technology for older adults to support, providing examples of successful and less successful technologies used in the clinical setting.

Christopher Snider was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the fall of 2002 during his freshman year at Virginia Tech. For the next four years he coasted through his diabetes management, likely supported by his pancreas' honeymoon phase.

He didn't join Twitter until 2008, but one of the first people he followed was sharing her experiences with her own diabetes (@sixuntilme). After a few months, he started to pay attention to her blog, then other diabetes blogs, then he started sharing his experiences with diabetes on Twitter. Up until this point, he hadn't known anything about the diabetes community, or the impact it could have on his life.

On January 1, 2009, he started his own diabetes blog. Five years later he is still blogging, sharing the ups and downs of life (sometimes diabetes-related). He actively participates and advocates on behalf of the diabetes community whenever possible—be it Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, blogging, or even his podcast, he's all about making connections and sharing stories.

Perry Gee has been a registered nurse for 30
years and has PhD in Nursing Science and Health-care Leadership with an
emphasis in consumer health informatics from the University of California,
Davis. Perry has a medical surgical, critical care, flight and home care
nursing clinical background as well as over 15 years’ experience as a Clinical
Informatics Specialist and educator. His health informatics experience includes
work in both acute care and ambulatory care environments. Perry is currently a
Nurse Scientist for Dignity Health with a focus on research involving patient
engagement. His current research interests are in the area of diabetes
self-management support, consumer health informatics, e-patients, eHealth,
on-line health communities, personal health records, and the use of health
technologies for chronic illness self-management support. Perry is also adjunct
faculty at the University of California, Davis and the University of Kansas.

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