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October 23, 2014
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July 10, 2014
Older Adult Tech Use is Rising
Even though they are thought of as late adopters of technology, seniors 65 or older are moving into
the digital world in greater numbers. According to the Pew Research Center, this is of significance
to those providing government services, health resources, and social support.   59% of all seniors
are going online which is a substantial 6% increase in one year. 47% have a broadband connection at
home and 77% use cell phones.  Older Americans can be divided into 2 groups. One group is younger,
higher educated, and more affluent. 90% of seniors with an income of $75K use the internet. The
other group is older, less wealthy, and often disconnected from the idea of technology due to
disability and/or mindset. Only 39% of those with an income of less than $30K go online. One
challenge is that many seniors have health issues that serve as barriers to using digital
technology.  But those that join the digital world, are regular daily.
July 9, 2014
Leading CEOs Join AHA in Drive to Improve Employee Health
The CEOs of more than 20 companies are joining forces with the American Heart Association (AHA) to
encourage a host of health improvements for their employees, including weight loss and smoking
cessation. The initiative will focus on improving employee compliance with seven health factors,
dubbed Life's Simple 7 by the AHA.  The AHA also released survey results that provide a troubling
snapshot for the health of the nation’s workforce, including increased risks for heart disease and
stroke – the leading causes of death in the world.  The Nielsen online survey of about 2,000
employees found that 74 percent of employees reported being in very good or good health. But
actually 42 percent of those employees had been diagnosed with a chronic condition, including high
cholesterol or high blood pressure. At the same time, the survey found that CEOs and other senior
leadership have a significant impact when it comes to getting employees engaged in workplace health
programs. That’s a promising finding, members of the Roundtable said, because the U.S. spends more
on health care than any other country and prevention in the workplace can go a long way.
July 8, 2014
ONC to Launch Blue Button Campaign Note: Registration Required.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) plans to unveil a national campaign that
encourages consumers to use Blue button technology to securely view their health records. It will
run Sept. 15 to Oct. 6. The agency will show public service announcements on partner websites to
inform consumers how they can electronically access health information from their pharmacies,
physicians and other data holders. 
July 2, 2014
CDC Finds Big Discrepancies in States' Opioid Prescribing Rates
The rate of opioid prescriptions vary greatly from state to state, with prescribers in the state
with the highest rate writing three times as many painkiller scripts as those in the state with the
lowest rate, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Overall, CDC
researchers reported that 259 million opioid prescriptions were written in 2012, and about 46
people die each day as a result of opioid overdoses. 
July 1, 2014
Awake at the wheel: Certain scrips mean no trips
NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American
Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop
pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate
medicine use.