IntersectionOfSuccessCatastrophes2 
  The "success catastrophes" facing society's high-tech and eldercare sectors
hold the keys to unlock each-other's potential at the intersection of
Disruptive Technologies and Demographics.
  
Claude A. Goodman, CareWheels Founder 
  

CareWheels is a §501(c)(3) non-profit Public Benefit Corporation with 15 years of experience helping to research, develop and evaluate Gerontechnology-based solutions for our aging society. Founded in 2001 by Claude A. Goodman, an inventor awarded seven patents in the field of biomedical engineering, with prior experience in health-sciences related research, development and technology transfer as a guest scientist at the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. CareWheels has been awarded grants from the Intel Research Council and the National Institutes of Health. See the Research page for summaries.

Gerontechnology is defined as “the study of technology and aging for ensuring good health, full social participation, and independent living through the entire life span.” Gerontology (which comes from the root meaning “to become ripe, to grow old”) is the scientific study of the biological, psychological, spiritual and sociological phenomena connected to aging. Technology (root meaning “the systematic treatment of an art, craft, or technique”) harnesses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems. Gerontechnology encompass both the subjective art of growing ripe and the objective science of resolving the practical challenges of aging.

TeleCare is an emerging Gerontechnology that empowers boomers, elders and their caregivers to address a comprehensive range of medical, health, social, and functional needs, using a growing array of Internet-based technologies, sensors and mobile devices to support their desires to age in place.

Disruptive Health Innovations Shift Care Homeward

Disruptive innovation in health care is occurring quickly at two points. Point-of-Care disruptions happen when treatments that were previously performed in a hospital may now be done at home. Provider-level disruptions happen when diagnoses and procedures that previously required physicians can now be done as self-care because methods have been codified and procedures automated with technology. For example, digital blood glucose monitoring kits make it easier for people with diabetes to care for themselves at home. The development of rules-based care procedures, and technologies that embody those rules in practice, enable the progression of care from professionals in hospitals to self-care at home.

Disruptive innovations like email and social networking services harness the network effect of reciprocal interdependence to achieve much faster adoption rates. Producer-consumer (Prosumer – a term coined by Futurist Alvin Toffler) disruptions, a third point of innovation, will happen when we harness GeronTech empowered Prosumers to build social health networks and provide reciprocal care services that previously required professional providers. Prosumer-level, Provider-level and Point-of-Care disruptions will produce dynamic synergies that propagate social health networks as each new Prosumer adds value to their whole network. This paradigm-shifting innovation may drive the rapid adoption of Gerontechnology by re-purposing existing TeleCare technologies to empower boomers and elders to practice Interdependent-Care, offering the possibility of a truly scalable solution to meet the growing health care needs of our aging society.

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