NIST and Healthcare
Center for Aging Services Technologies
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Department of Commerce /
Date created: February 7, 2006
Last updated: October 31, 2006
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|A National Summit:
Moving Toward Interoperability—
Technologies for Accessible, Affordable Healthcare
October 18-19, 2006
Red Auditorium, Administration Building, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Confirmed)
Summit participants will leave with:
Who should attend our Summit
This is a unique opportunity where government and industry will come together to chart a path toward a far-reaching vision for connected, home-based health technologies through public-private partnerships.
Companies, government, and consumers are developing partnerships to address the challenges of the coming "age wave". Through the application of consumer-directed technologies, opportunities exist to empower individuals to take charge of their own health care and maintain independence.
Thanks to the many miracles of modern healthcare, Americans are living longer than ever before. But, as our senior population doubles over the next two decades, we face a critical challenge: to increase the quality of care for a record number of seniors, while at the same time reducing the nation's health-care costs. The current healthcare and long-term care systems cannot scale to meet the needs of this coming age wave.
If we are to deliver quality care to today's and tomorrow's seniors, we need a wellness revolution. That is, we need to apply American innovation to advance the development of new technologies that will enable prevention, early detection, increased compliance and new modes of remote caregiving and family support. To achieve this vision, interoperability must exist among medical devices, in-home appliances and electronic health information. American corporations, government and consumers have begun to develop partnerships to address these needs, but these efforts must be coordinated and accelerated. We only have a few years to prepare for the first wave of Baby Boomers who will reach age 65 in 2011. It is imperative that our nation be proactive in putting forth a plan to prepare us for this age wave that will impact our healthcare system, our economy and our society.
Attend this Summit and participate in discussions on the current state of technologies, on-going private-public efforts, gaps and barriers, and next steps towards the vision of independent living through a continuum of in-home, patient-centric care and services for an aging population.