The Center for Aging Services Technologies, a stakeholder consortium, has named Bush administration official Mark McClellan, M.D., as its chair.

The commission, known as CAST, includes more than 400 organizations providing services to the elderly, technology vendors, businesses, universities and government agencies. CAST promotes the removal of barriers and other ways to encourage expanded use in elder care of various technologies, including information systems.

McClellan formerly served as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. He presently serves as director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair of Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank.

The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging provides support to CAST. Among other initiatives, CAST has developed tool kits to aid nursing homes and home health agencies in adopting information technologies. The kits cover such areas as assessment, planning, selection, implementation, utilization and health information exchange. They are appropriate for adopting comprehensive systems, individual applications or overhauling existing systems, according to the organization.

More information is available at aahsa.org/cast.aspx.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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