Health IT SIG: Healthcare Information Technology for the Aging Population



  • Healthcare Information Technology for the Aging Population

    "Aging baby boomers have been the driving force behind a trend known as aging in place.  The basic idea is simply that seniors want to be able to age safely and gracefully in their own homes, rather than nursing homes or assisted care facilities.  Not only is aging in place a more financially viable option for most, it also allows seniors to maintain a sense of independence that can positively affect their overall quality of life." - Amy Blitchok, guest blogger at

    "We are at the dawning of “connected aging” in which the growing array of Internet-based technologies and mobile devices increasingly will support older adults to age in place. Emerging technologies will enable both older adults and their caregivers to address a comprehensive range of medical, health, social, and functional needs. In addition, technology-based solutions that connect older adults to friends, family, and community are becoming more viable; older adults and their caregivers are growing increasingly tech savvy; technology usability is improving; and price points are descending." Center for Technology and Aging -


    For this meeting, we have presentations and a panel discussion about the information technology aspects of support for aging in place.


    Key topics include:

    • safety monitoring: "Is Mom alright?"  Personal emergency response systems have been around for years.  More recently, monitoring technologies are being coupled with a variety of sensors to detect falls or departures from routine activities.
    • social interaction: making it easy for seniors to communicate with family and friends, even though it may be hard to get out of the house
    • disease management for chronic illness: biometric monitoring to help manage illnesses can include weight, blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, blood glucose, and other parameters.  Medication management can also be important.
    • care coordination:  people have said, "it takes a village to raise a child."  Well, it turns out senior care is a team sport, too.  Caregivers may be family members or professionals and both need to coordinate with physicians, therapists, pharmacies, and a variety of other services to support someone with chronic illness and/or declining capabilities.

    [If you would like to have your company's products or services displayed during the networking time before the meeting, please contact [email protected].]



     Steve Barlam, Chief Professional Officer and Co-Founder, LivHOME, Inc.

    Steve Barlam co-founded LivHOME in 1999 with Mike Nicholson, Chief Executive Officer. Since 1984, Steve has worked exclusively in the field of geriatric care management. His experience draws from work in both the nonprofit family services arena as well as from his own private for-profit care management firm.  Steve is a Certified Care Manager (CMC) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Steve earned his master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

    LivHOME is one of the nation's largest professionally led at-home care companies.  The San Jose office is a provider of senior resources throughout the Peninsula delivering professional geriatric care management and managed in-home care services for its clients and professional partners.  Geriatric Care Managers coordinate all resources and manage specialty trained Caregivers to deliver personalized, at-home services.  In addition, Geriatric Care Managers advocate for their patients and their families, coordinate care logistics (including the financial & legal aspects of aging), and help manage the social and psychological changes that come with aging.  

    LivHOME recently launched the LivHOME CareMonitor® ( as an additional resource and cost-effective new alternative allowing seniors to live mostly independent in the comfort of their home, while combining professional oversight with fun and easy to use technology. The LivHOME CareMonitor® focuses on three primary aspects of care including: socialization, home safety and wellness through the use a web based remote monitoring system and combines the human aspect of care with the modern benefits of technology.

    Yusra Hussain, M.D., Director, Senior Care Center, Stanford University-School of Medicine and the Medical Director of Aging Adult Services, Stanford Hospital

    Dr. Hussain specializes in geriatric medicine and internal medicine and is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine.  She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She is also the Medical Director of Vi, a Continuum of Care Retirement Community in Palo Alto, a well as the Medical Director of Manor Care Healthcare Center in Sunnyvale. Her research interest is in healthy aging and disease prevention. 
    Aging Adult Services at Stanford ( is a program that provides care for older adults through, ut the continuum of care. It hosts several support programs for older adults and their loved ones. Aging Adult Services stands true to the mission of Stanford hospital and Clinics in supporting research and education in healthcare delivery of older adults. Stanford is a NICHE certified hospital and Aging Adult Services at Stanford hosted the first Geriatric Multidisciplinary Care conference in February , 2013 which was directed by Dr. Hussain.      
    Stanford Senior Care center ((650) 725-5222) is an outpatient clinic that provides primary care and consultative services for senior adults.

    Walt Maclay, President and Chief Engineer, Voler Systems

    Mr. Maclay is committed to delivering quality electronic products on time and on budget. Voler Systems provides the integrated design, development and risk assessment of new devices for medical, industrial, semiconductor, and instrumentation applications. Voler is active in the problems of the aged, home health, and wearable devices, using its skills in sensors, wireless, motion control, and medical devices.

    Mr. Maclay is recognized as a domain expert in Silicon Valley technical consulting associations. He is an instructor for the Product Realization NPI Program. He has also been past President of the Professional and Technical Consultants Association (PATCA). He has applied his outstanding leadership to many multidisciplinary teams that have delivered quality electronic devices. Mr. Maclay holds a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.

    Noel C. Gillespie, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, Chair of Medical Technology Practice Group

    Mr. Gillespie regularly assists clients with strategic patent portfolio development and implementation so as to protect their technology and help them achieve their business objectives. This process includes developing claim strategies that create market barriers and protect or create revenue streams, as well as preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign Patent Applications. 

    Mr. Gillespie has extensive experience in dealing with telecommunications companies, especially wireless telecommunications companies, wireless health, health IT, medical device companies, clean tech and software/Internet companies. For example, Mr. Gillespie has helped clients build portfolios and protect or build market positions in the areas of wireless sensors for health applications, smart grids, semiconductor memories, lab and chip technology, and energy efficient data storage.

    Note - Please arrive by 7:00 PM, since doors lock and meeting starts promptly.


    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments
    7:00 - 7:15 p.m. Announcements and Introductions
    7:15 - 8:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion
    8:30 - 8:45 p.m. Wrap-up / Networking