Aging & Technology
The Disconnect

More than ever before, technology is making leaps and bounds in connected healthcare. But, is this technology actually helping the caregiver?

Our social listening and secondary research explores this question by taking a close look at current data and conversations around the needs of caregivers today. This research provided a clearer picture of the caregiver mindset and their current technology pain points. Conclusions are provided that will help guide future AgingWell Hub communications.


Spoken Hub: Creating Integrated Environments Conducive to Aging Well

The AgingWell Hub convened The Spoken Hub: Creating Integrated Environments Conducive to Aging Well on September 21, 2016 to explore ideas for creating an ecosystem that is better equipped to provide for the needs of an aging population.

Featured guests:

  • Kimberly O'Loughlin, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Home Monitoring, Philips
  • Whitney Austin Gray, PhD, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, Business Development Delos; WELL Faculty, International WELL Building Institute
  • George Hennawi, MD, CMD, FACP, Director of Geriatrics, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital; Medical Director, Center for Successful Aging; Medical Director, Future Care at Good Samaritan Nursing Center; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Maryland

Key topics:

  • Need for collaborative efforts, both within and outside of the healthcare system, that will allow people to age in the place they call home, such as:
  • Solutions within the built space that utilize innovative design to create space that facilitate healthy living
  • Clinical and community supports that can enable and empower caregivers, making them an integral part of the care team so that they can better support patients

Please click on the videos below to watch the remarks, and share your reaction to the discussion with the AgingWell Hub on Twitter @AgingWellHub.

Kimberly O'Loughlin


Spoken Hub Introduction
Dr. Whitney Gray


Creating Environments to Enable Healthy Aging
Dr. George Hennawi


Connecting the Clinical System, Caregivers and Community Resources to Improve Healthcare for Older Adults


Hub is in the name and in our vision. In accordance with the AgingWell Hub’s commitment to open innovation, we will collaborate with older adults, caregivers, healthcare systems, caregivers, payers, policy makers, corporate innovators, entrepreneurs, academia and non-profits to co-create a central repository of information for all those who identify with our mission of aging well – and we’ve already gotten started.

Philips and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative Partnership Working Session Series “Aging Well”

Through collaborative partnership and joint research, Philips and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) conducted a multi-year, three-part study on aging. Experts and industry leaders came together to examine the results and explore solutions to help people age at the place they call home for as long as possible.


Next Generation Tech

The results of the Philips/GSEI study and the individual barriers to technology were discussed in an expert roundtable at Georgetown University. Meeting participants included thought leaders with expertise in aging, residential and commercial development, city planning, healthcare, technology, and policy.

Creating Connected Communities for Aging Well

Study reveals boomers not considering steps to remain independent as they age. 96% of U.S. respondents say it’s important to be as independent as possible as they get older; only 21% plan to incorporate technology solutions.

Family Matters in Caregiving and Technology Adoption

Our aging research shows caregivers already spend an average of 66 hours per month on basic home health care activities, and are so focused on their role as guardian for the care recipient that meeting basic needs for personal hygiene, food, safety, health, etc. all come before technology.

Philips and InnoLife Advancing Care Coordination and Telehealth Deployment (ACT) program

Coordinated care and telehealth have the potential to deliver cost-efficient quality care to chronically ill patients. The ultimate goal of these services is to improve health and help patients help themselves by giving them more independence, freedom and control over their health and lifestyle. However, translating clinical evidence to large scale deployment requires significant organizational and structural changes in healthcare.

Philips and Banner Health Intensive Ambulatory Care (IAC) pilot program

The Intensive Ambulatory Care (IAC) pilot program, part of the overall telehealth program at Banner Health, focuses on the most complex and highest cost patients – the top five percent of patients who account for 50% of healthcare spend. Launched in 2013, the program aims to improve patient outcomes, care team efficiency, and prevent IAC patients from entering the acute care environment, where costs are significantly higher.

To date, the IAC pilot program has:

  • Reduced costs of care by 27%
  • Reduced acute and long term care costs by 32%
  • Reduced hospitalizations by 45%