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Oregon Center for Aging and Technology

Director: Kaye, Jeffrey A., M.D.


The Center fosters and stimulates translational innovation through a number of mechanisms including its multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional Council composed of academic, community and industry leaders, building new national and international research collaborations, providing support to existing research studies, as well as developmental support through the ORCATECH Living Laboratory.




  • Ekahau Wi-Fi RFID tags ( Location tracking device )

    Report signal strength to wireless access points distributed in the environment

  • Home computer tracking device ( Home computer tracking device )

    "Homes in the Living Lab have the technologies deployed on a permanent basis.

    A home computer, from which daily use measures are taken (time spent in email, web surfing, word processing) and motor measures are taken (inter-keystroke intervals, mousing to target)"

  • Medication tracking device ( Medication tracking device )

    "Homes in the Living Lab have the technologies deployed on a permanent basis.

    A medication tracking device is used to track adherence of participants to their own non- prescription pill regimen."

  • Motion sensor ( Motion sensors )

    "Homes in the Living Lab have the following technologies deployed on a permanent basis.

    Motion sensors (X10 MS16a) to estimate activity in the home and to measure speed of walking"

  • Phone sensors ( Phone sensor )

    "Homes in the Living Lab have the technologies deployed on a permanent basis. Phone sensors are used for detecting on-hook and off-hook, as well as caller ID information."

  • X10 DS10A door sensors ( Door sensors )

    "Homes in the Living Lab have the technologies deployed on a permanent basis.

    Door sensors (X10 DS10A) to estimate when subjects leave home and when visitors arrive"


  • Aging data sharing service ( Support service )

    "ORCATECH encourages dissemination and sharing of knowledge. We also respect the importance of intellectual property and its protection in a competitive world. Accordingly, conditions for data sharing are determined in part by the purpose of the research and the nature of the funding for each project. This detail will be discussed with the OLL partner once funding sources and the nature of the project have been established."

  • Comprehensive collection of clinical data on aging study participants ( Access service )

    Data includes: physical and neurological exam findings, neurocognitive test scores, survey assessments, personal and family history, positive/negative family history of dementia, personal demographics, selected genotypes, age at service evaluations, age at onset, age at death, clinical diagnosis,
    neuropathology diagnosis and inventory information (when available), health status, medications, laboratory tests, MRI images and volumetrics, contact information required to manage ongoing clinical care and study operations.

  • Conduct focus groups and survey research ( Support service )

    "The Living Laboratory includes both the subjects themselves, and “collaterals” who know the subject well (often a spouse or adult child). These individuals are generally willing to participate in focus groups or surveys relating to technology and aging research and products. It should be noted that by virtue of their willingness to participate in the Living Laboratory, our subjects are clearly interested in and supportive of the concept of technologies for independent living. Therefore, ORCATECH staff will also assist OLL partners in recruiting additional focus group or survey research participants who may be less experienced with technology, or less inclined to view technology in a positive light.
    When an OLL partner makes a request to engage the Living Lab participants in focus groups, an ORCATECH staff member will meet with the partner to identify the number and demographics/characteristics of the desired participants, and the protocol to the used. The ORCATECH staff member will then create the necessary IRB materials to get approval for the study. Once approval is obtained, the ORCATECH staff member will identify interested participants, and meet with the OLL partner to review and finalize the list of potential participants. The ORCATECH staff member will then schedule the focus groups as needed. A similar process is used for developing a survey panel and conducting this kind of research.
    ORCATECH staff can provide as much assistance as the OLL partner requires to complete the focus groups, including, if desired, arranging facilities, conducting the sessions, collecting and transcribing the data, and analyzing and reporting out the results."

  • Living lab technology development service ( Material production service )

    "Homes in the Living Lab have the technologies deployed on a permanent basis. New technologies are introduced temporarily as pilot studies are run. In addition, participants complete a weekly questionnaire about changes in their health and home status, including changes in medications, falls, injuries, hospitalizations, illnesses, visitors to the home, overnight absences from the home, and movement of furniture (space changes)."

  • Living laboratory subject recruitment service ( Support service )

    "As of June 2008, the Living Lab currently includes 34 seniors (aged 76.4 ± 7.9 years) living in the greater Portland area (27 homes). Subjects were screened for dementia using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) (exclusionary score <24) and the Clinical Dementia Rating scale (exclusionary score >0). Table 1 shows the demographics of the subjects and their baseline test scores. Up to date detailed demographics and other clinical data will be provided if needed for selection of subjects."

  • Livng lab pilot study management service ( Support service )

    "In order to avoid confusion among the participants of the Living Lab, and preserve standardization, all new technologies and pilot studies will be administered by ORCATECH. In practical terms, this means that ORCATECH personnel will obtain informed consent to participate from the subjects, deploy the technologies, and monitor the data collection. In some cases, it may be appropriate for the OLL Partner to accompany the ORCATECH research assistant on subject visits to assist with education and administration of tests. However, ORCATECH staff will remain the primary point of contact for any issues arising during the study. If issues require resolution by the OLL Partner, then ORCATECH staff will facilitate this."

  • Remote living laboratory set up service ( Support service )

    "Although the ORCATECH Living Lab is a valuable resource, some investigators and companies may wish to set up a similar facility in their own city or area. ORCATECH faculty and staff can assist with this in a variety of ways, ranging from advising on how to proceed to provision of equipment specifications and software to manage deployments, to actual deployment (subject recruitment, equipment purchase, and installation). Interested partners should contact Dr. Jeffrey Kaye directly to discuss their proposed project."

  • Technology field testing service ( Support service )

    "For field tests of new technologies, ORCATECH staff will meet with the OLL partner to discuss the planned study, the requirements of the technology, and the type of data to be collected. Together they will draft a plan for usability testing of the technology in the OHSU Point of Care lab. ORCATECH staff will conduct the testing, after receiving training from the OLL partner on the use of the technology (if needed). If data collection is to be integrated into the OMC, then the ORCATECH console programmer will also meet with the partner to define the requirements for integration of the new technology into the management suite."

  • Technology for independent living and aging research consulting service ( Support service )

    "ORCATECH staff are available to consult on a wide range of topics relating to the use of technology for independent living and aging research, including clinical evaluation, usability and acceptance of technology by elders, issues in field deployments of wired and wireless technologies, subject recruitment, study design and obtaining funding for larger projects. OLL partners wishing to work with an ORCATECH investigator or staff person on development of their project, or to consult on specific issues, should contact the ORCATECH Administrative Director."

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