IANet is passionate about older adults actively participating in the digital era, but so many don’t. We advocate to change minds, products, services, platforms and policies so that all older adults rise with the growth of this digital era.
Low-Cost/High-Speed Internet Connectivity
It’s a digital economy now. Not having a broadband connection perpetuates social isolation, reduces wellness and is a barrier to obtaining many government services and benefits. We seek a low-cost/high-speed rate of Internet connectivity for those services that care for vulnerable older adults just like libraries and schools get discounted rates for their connectivity.
Internet Essentials is a good start, but we can do better.
IANet is championing a program called “Connect4Wellness” to bring easy-to-use, high-speed, low-cost connectivity to senior centers and homes of low-income, socially isolated older adults. We are always looking for more partners to help us increase our voice to get this work done.
Access to Technology
There are millions of older adults without access to modern technology services: desktop computers, laptops, tablets and/or mobile phones. This is increasingly a problem given the pace of transformation to a completely digital economy.
IANet works with non-profit organizations, foundations, government agencies and for-profit corporations to make the technology available and empower those organizations to ensure its availability to their community. Activities range from accepting donations, to build computer labs, and to finding funding for sustaining and maintaining modern technology.
Accessible Personal Health Information Systems
Coordination of care is at the heart of awesome care. However, getting that done today is arguably harder than it was 10 years ago. While there is more information available, understanding it, organizing it, securing it, and making it actionable is harder to do today. Therefore, we advocate for standards, open APIs (application program interfaces) and other mechanisms for interoperability. We further believe that caregivers, once authorized, need to be empowered so that the family can be an active and engaged participate in the coordination of care.