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Technology will play a major role in the health care of baby boomers as they move into their senior years.

In an effort to educate people on how technology will assist older adults with staying healthy, the Wisconsin Technology Council will host an Innovation Network educational event in Wauwatosa Thursday, March 9.

The coming surge in the number of older Americans presents the nation with a broad set of challenges that few have begun to fully contemplate, a release from the Tech Council said.

"Regardless of what happens to the Affordable Care Act, there are two certainties: technology will play an increasingly important role in the delivery of care, and more energy will be focused on a coherent, workable approach to value-based healthcare," the release said.

The event will take place at UW-Milwaukee’s Innovation Accelerator building, 1225 Discovery Parkway. Registration, networking and hors d’oeuvres start at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for students, $25 for individual members, $35 for non-members and included for Tech Council corporate members.

Tech Council President Tom Still will moderate as a panel of experts discuss how they help guide and scale the work of this growing sector. Panelists include Melinda Caughill, co-founder and CMO of 65 Incorporated; Tom Paprocki, director of development and innovation at Direct Supply Innovation and Technology Center; and Katie Schmitz, vice president at Ziegler and the Ziegler Link-Age Longevity Fund.

“The graying of America presents a number of challenges, especially in the delivery of quality health care solutions,” Still said. “We’ll examine how technology is helping people and care-givers alike.”

The Wisconsin Technology Council is the independent, nonprofit science and technology adviser to the governor and Legislature, with events, publications and outreach that contribute to Wisconsin’s tech-based economy.

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