We spend a lot of time reporting around the elderly/chronically ill. Taking care of that burgeoning swath of society has become a big priority for health providers and payers with accountable care, hospital readmissions and population health management ruling the day.

The technology is bulking up—at-home medical monitoring devices, talking pill-boxes, analytics-driven care coordination and predictive modeling, and dozens of other software and hardware solutions trying to keep geriatric populations out of trouble. But they’re not moving the chains far enough or fast enough, and I think one reason is that none straight-on address the problem of polypharmacy and the prescription for failure that it’s written for so many costly and well-intentioned I.T. efforts.

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