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Center for Aging Services Technologies
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 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
NIST Gaithersburg Campus
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899



Red Auditorium, Administration Building, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland


Keynote Address

Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Confirmed)
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce (Invited)
Craig R. Barrett, Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation (Confirmed)


  • Identify and address the challenges of coordinating the different technologies that will be part of the health-related infrastructure in the home.
  • Build momentum and support for a national agenda to drive technology solutions for an aging population.
  • Identify top priorities and next steps to direct change.
Panel Discussion Areas
  • Market Drivers and Societal Issues
  • Gaps in Technology Advancements
  • Standardization and Interoperability
  • On-going Efforts in Electronic Medical and Personal Health Records

Summit participants will leave with:

  • A clear vision on the ultimate goal
  • An understanding of enabling technologies required to implement the vision
  • Recognition of challenges to develop and implement these technologies
  • Knowledge of how national standardization and systems integration approaches could be developed

Who should attend our Summit

  • Technology Researchers and Developers
  • Healthcare and Aging Services Providers
  • Government Agency Representatives
  • Healthcare Product Vendors
  • Company Executives
  • Standards Development Organizations
  • Associations
  • Consumer Organizations


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.

To achieve this vision, our country must advance the development of new technologies and ensure the interoperability of these devices. To help explore the best way to enable the vision of connected home-based health delivery, Center for Aging Services Technologies, the Department of Commerce's Technology Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology have come together as partners to host a National Summit to identify issues around the needs and challenges to make interoperability a reality. Recommendations from the Summit will drive needed public and private sector action.

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.

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