Computer Software Monitors Patient Progress
Researchers have developed an automated system that will provide more personalized health care for elderly patients.
The Electronic Medical Record Aging Brain Care Software, developed by experts from Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research.
The program monitors the cognitive, functional, behavioral and psychological symptoms of older adults who are suffering from dementia or depression. It also collects information about caregivers and their tasks.
Researchers said the device was likely to prove even more useful in coming years.
"The number of older adults is growing rapidly. Delivering personalized care to this population is difficult and requires the ability to track a large number of mental and physical indicators," said senior author Regenstrief Institute investigator Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH, associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research. "The software we have developed will help care coordinators measure the many needs of patients and their loved ones and monitor the effectiveness of individualized care plans."
The study was published ineGEMs, a peer-reviewed online publication recently launched by the nonprofit organization Electronic Data Methods Forum