MeHCA: Delivering Healthcare Services to Older Adults in a Non-medical Setting
The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing (fpciw.org) is a California-based nonprofit that explores innovative uses of technology to empower individuals to live well, especially in their later years. We believe that technology innovation has an important role to play in enhancing each individual’s ability to “live life my way” in the place he or she calls home, and our goal is to harness technology solutions that support and enhance wellbeing and help each of us thrive in mind, body and spirit. In 2011, we had the unique opportunity and privilege to embark on a comprehensive, multi-intervention technology initiative to put to test our values and perceptions of healthcare services, wellbeing, and aging. The Model eHealth Community for Aging (MeHCA) was one of 15 California eHealth projects funded by University of California, Davis and the California Telehealth Network (caltelehealth.org), with an equipment grant totaling more than $250,000 from August 2011 to June 2013.