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Today's Geriatric Medicine
E-Newsletter    January 2024
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Editor's E-Note

Assessing Digital Health Technologies

As digital health technologies emerge and increase in popularity, the health care industry and medical consumers look for guidance about their efficacy and value. The Peterson Health Technology Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization that evaluates health care technologies, along with the Institute for Clinical and Economic Research, has developed a framework for evaluating the performance of emerging solutions.

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— Kate Jackson, editor
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An Independent Assessment of Technology Solutions

The Peterson Health Technology Institute (PHTI), an independent, nonprofit organization which evaluates innovative health care technologies, has released its comprehensive framework to assess whether technology solutions improve health and lower costs. The ICER-PHTI Assessment Framework for Digital Health Technologies was developed in partnership with the Institute for Clinical and Economic Research (ICER), a leader in health technology assessment.

PHTI’s independent assessments will evaluate the performance of health technologies designed to replace or augment traditional care delivery, including digital therapeutics, chronic care management apps, remote patient monitoring, and administrative technologies, many of which include artificial intelligence. The assessment framework will prioritize products’ clinical benefits and economic impact, as well as their effects on health equity, privacy, and security.

PHTI’s technology evaluations are intended to support purchasing decisions for employers, providers, and health plans seeking to understand the impact and effectiveness of new technology solutions coming to market. The assessment framework will also help guide technology developers and investors on performance standards and the evidence required to demonstrate stated clinical and economic benefits.

Other Geriatric News
The Influence of Perceptions of Aging
A new study published in The Gerontologist demonstrates a link between how people feel about aging and their mortality risk. The researchers believe the findings can help identify patients who may benefit from interventions.

Cognitive Decline Associated With Smaller Hippocampus
Whether or not individuals have amyloid plaques, a smaller hippocampus is linked to cognitive decline. That finding, from a new study from Harvard Medical School published in Neurology, may help predict which patients may respond to certain medications.

Long COVID in Nursing Homes
According to HealthDay, a new study by researchers from Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan’s academic medical center, found that nursing home residents who had COVID-19 require additional help with daily activities for months and experience a decline in brain function, adding to the burden of already short-staffed nursing departments.

Does Alcohol Hurt or Help Heart Health?
The answer is, it’s complicated. An analysis led by Boston University School of Public Health and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University found that alcohol consumption may have both beneficial and negative effects on heart health. The study, published in the journal BMC Medicine, involved 2,428 Framingham Study Offspring Study participants, children of the Framingham Heart study participants.
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Neuromuscular Monitoring of Patients With Sensitive Skin
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Missed Opportunities/Disconnects in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
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