The Interactive Aging Network (IANet) is a non-profit strategic consultancy. We have in-depth knowledge of internet-based information technology systems and years of experience working in and for aging service providers. We are uniquely positioned to work with agencies to apply current information systems to streamline operations, enhance programs and expand the range of services offered. We work closely with our clients to identify the specific problem, design a custom solution, and deliver a product that is readily used.
There are four core beliefs that guide our work:
Community-based agencies are the heart of successful long-term care programs. They are rooted in the local culture, are trusted by their community, coordinate a mix of paid and volunteer programs, and are the future of cost-effective long-term care for older adults.
Good information systems are critical for success and are more than software and hardware components. An effective information system is the backbone of an organization. One integrated information system should control the distribution and storage of internal data and the flow of information provided as part of the agency’s service.
There is a knowledge gap between providers of aging services and web-based technologies available to them. This gap in knowledge often leads to ineffective investments and inefficient systems. Informed, unbiased advice relevant to aging services is necessary in order for the network to take full advantage of what web-based services offer.
The best solutions are ones that are used. Therefore, a “user-driven design” process is essential. Key stakeholders in the agency must be involved throughout the process.
IANet was founded in 1996 by David Dring and Rey Muradaz.
David has 15 years experience in applying information technology systems in aging services organizations. He has worked in and for small community-based organizations, large city government agencies and national associations.
David led the award winning BenefitsCheckUp Initiative (www.BenefitsCheckUp.org) for the National Council on Aging.
Rey is an attorney who brings his legal and business acumen to the IANet team. He started in the field of aging by providing legal counsel to families wishing to leverage Medicaid health coverage for Alzheimer’s sufferers. With his business school training, Rey has guided many technological and operational development ventures in the aging field, including VitalAging, a start-up created with investment from the New York Life Company.
Currently Rey directs IANet’s initiative in Northern Ireland to create an information technology-driven system that provides personalized advice to ensure that the aging are aware of and using the benefits available to them.