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Older Adult Consumers and electronic-Personal Health Records (e-PHRs) A Presentation to the LTC-HIT Summit August 22-23, 2005 Chicago, IL Prepared by Russell E. Morgan, Jr., Dr. PH President SPRY Foundation 10 G Street NE, Suite 600 Washington, DC email@example.com www.spry.org
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A Presentation to the
August 22-23, 2005
Russell E. Morgan, Jr., Dr. PH
10 G Street NE, Suite 600
Older Americans and their family caregivers must be directly involved in the design, development and policy process, if the introduction of new technologies for health care are going to be successfully adopted.
National Health Expenditures
-Longevity is being combined with the desire of people to live a better Quality of Life, and
-Increased Life Expectancy is often coupled with managing multiple chronic diseases through more effective and more expensive medications and/or medical equipment.
-110 million Americans manage at least one chronic disease daily
-70 million Americans manage two or more chronic diseases daily
-Adults 50+ are most likely to manage multiple chronic diseases
However, with the current health system---in hospitals alone---there is increased demand and sever understaffing---as a result, when assessing health care quality for older adults:
-1 in 7 hospitalizations occurs because previous health records are not available
-1 in 5 labs are repeated because previous data is not available
-12% of orders are not executed as written
-1 in 6.5 hospitalizations are complicated by an avoidable drug error; and
-1 in 20 outpatient prescriptions are complicated by an avoidable drug error
Source: J. Perlin, Acting Undersecretary Health
Dept. of Veterans Affairs
The health and quality of life of the older adults should always remain the primary focus; the harnessing of technology is a resource to help achieve this goal.
Setting Priorities for Retirement Years
Dr. Russell E. Morgan, Jr
10 G Street, NE, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20002-4212
(202) 216-0779 Fax