Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
awards 5-year, $9.5 million federal grant to collaborative
UW RFID Lab.
The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a five-year, $9.5 million grant to a collaborative research program led by UW-Madison's
Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) and including the UW RFID Lab
and other UW centers. The AHRQ's mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.
"We at the UW RFID Lab are very excited to collaborate with CHESS on this important initiative," said Alfonso Gutierrez, Director of the UW RFID Lab. "Our aim is to use information, communication and sensors technologies (RFID and related) to improve elderly and caregiver capabilities, connectedness and autonomy. We expect our efforts will benefit families not only in Wisconsin but also nationwide by reducing the number of elderly patients who are forced to move from their homes because they can no longer manage on their own, improving elderly and family caregiver quality of life, reducing loneliness and isolation, and decreasing the use and costs of nursing homes, emergency care and hospitalizations."