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In this week’s Friday Five, MAXIMUS is reading about how senior citizens can adapt to digital health technology, rapid RPA implementation in the federal government, a county’s effort to help children impacted by the opioid epidemic, and positive results from Michigan’s Medicaid expansion.

1. How to engage seniors with digital health 

Technology could help older adults stay in their homes longer, but many seniors aren’t comfortable using it. In this blog post, published by Managed Healthcare Executive, the authors recommend pairing technology with more traditional hands-on methods, addressing common misperceptions around technology, and developing technology specifically aimed at the senior market in order to achieve the optimum health outcomes. 

2. GSA aims to become leader in RPA implementation 

At a recent forum, Gerard Badorrek, the Chief Financial Officer of the General Services Administration (GSA), discussed the agency’s push to implement robotic process automation (RPA). The discussion, both hosted and reported on by Government CIO, centered on how RPA can show visible results more quickly than other tech initiatives. The agency currently has 33 completed RPA implementations, is reviewing 40 additional use cases, and is consulting with other agencies interested in their own implementations.

3. Three agencies pull ahead in latest FITARA scorecard 

Earlier this week, the House Oversight and Reform Committee released the latest Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard. According to FedScoop, nine agencies improved in the rankings, with three of those agencies (Department of Education, General Services Administration and USAID) receiving an A. No agencies received a failing grade.

4. With dozens of kids orphaned by the opioid crisis, this Md. county has a new outlook on trauma services 

Cecil County, a mostly rural county in Maryland, was the recipient of a 3-year grant to provide therapy services for children and adults who have been exposed to opioid overdoses. Washington Post reports, the grant is part of a larger effort to stem overdoses in the area and specifically address children impacted by parental substance abuse. More than 2,000 individuals die in Maryland each year from drug or alcohol use.

5. MI Medicaid expansion improved patient engagement, preventive care  

Two recent studies show that Medicaid expansion in Michigan resulted in greater care access, patient engagement, and increased use of preventative care services. According to Patient Engagement HIT, the state Medicaid program customized their expansion to emphasize primary care, health literacy and prevention, an approach that showed positive results for the state.