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Abstract

Long-term care (LTC) is an under-resourced sector that faces many challenges in delivering care to a complex and vulnerable population. Technology is emerging as one solution to alleviate resource gaps and augment care delivery. While technology platforms used for health care delivery in LTC are becoming increasingly sophisticated, much of the data collected is not used to directly inform clinical care. An important challenge is transforming this data into a form that is clinically meaningful and directly clinically actionable. In this talk, I will introduce long-term care and its residents, and some of the opportunities and challenges facing research in this environment. I will then present several projects working on the development of health status monitoring technology for use in LTC, with a focus on developing intelligent technologies using sensor data already widely collected, including video and real-time location.

Biography

Dr. Iaboni is a Geriatric Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  She is an Affiliate Scientist at KITE, and is based at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network where she is the Medical Lead on the Specialized Dementia Unit and consults to long-term care.  Her research focuses on dementia care and technology in LTC, and the relationship between psychiatric disorders, their treatments and mobility in older adults.