Event Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Location: Nashville, TN - Opryland
Course 3: Pervasive Computing for Assessing Health & Functional Change
JEFFREY KAYE, M.D. - OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY
KATHERINE WILD, PH.D. - OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY
Advances in pervasive, “everywhere” computing, increased emphasis on home-based care models, and awareness of limitations on current assessment approaches create the ingredients for envisioning a significant change in the way we assess health and function. This workshop will review the current limitations of assessments and present a framework for new ecologically valid and minimally intrusive assessment that ultimately can be integrated into the stream of life. This approach provides the opportunity to obtain real-time, realworld information about everyday function on a 24/7 basis. Examples from several ongoing longitudinal studies that have applied these pervasive computing approaches to assessment of health, cognition, function and life events will be presented.
Importantly, the attitudes and beliefs of older adults and other key stakeholders with regard to the deployment of these technologies and the use of this data will be reviewed. Implications for the future of our national research and clinical enterprise going forward will conclude the workshop. As a result of attending this presentation, the participant will be able to:
1. Describe the major shortcomings of current episodic assessments.
2. Outline new pervasive computing approaches to assessing everyday cognition, behavior and function.
3. List the perceived benefits and risks of continuous homebased assessment.
4. Apply these methods toward research and practice.