Hurricane Season & IT Preparedness

As Hurricane Florence wreaks havoc in the Carolina’s, it is an important reminder that your IT infrastructure is highly vulnerable to nature’s fury. This includes the very real possibility of extended power and internet outages, as well as physical destruction of IT equipment and loss of critical data. Keeping your residents and staff safe in such during event is of course your primary concern, but what preparation can you do to minimize the impact of these major storms on your IT systems and data?

Mobile Device Theft and Loss in LTPAC

Mobile device theft constitutes a major source of HIPAA breaches in senior living communities. According to a PubMed study, most HIPAA breaches are caused by the theft or loss of mobile devices on which Protected Health Information (PHI) is stored. The online journal Perspectives in Health Information Management reports that mobile technology is revolutionizing healthcare. Providers who work in the LTPAC industry are increasingly using mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets at the point of care. This is good news for residents and staff alike, but it also means that administrators and employees must be extra-vigilant about sensitive patient data to make sure it cannot be compromised by stolen or lost devices.

Why LTPAC communities should worry about cyber security

Cybersecurity is a concern for everyone as this world becomes more and more connected, but it's of particular concern in the area of long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) for a number of reasons. Here are a few reasons why LTPAC communities should worry about online security, and what can be done for each.

The Possible Effects of Net Neutrality Rollback on Senior Living

One of the biggest developments in the world of technology back in November was the rollback of net neutrality rules by the FCC. This decision by the Trump Administration has already created contention with many, and the ripple effects are still being forecasted. While it could affect numerous industries, those in senior living could see some of the biggest impact.

Quick Steps to Get Started with a Cyber Security Plan

You want your business to grow. You write a business plan. You build a stellar online presence that provides a high-quality user experience. You court your customers. You protect your business by obtaining the appropriate insurance. You genuinely try to prepare and grow your business. If you ignore your cyber security strategy though, you are doing yourself and your growing business a major disservice.

5 Signs You Need to Invest in Technology for Your Community

If you haven’t invested in upgrading the technology in your communities the last few years, chances are the time has come. Technology has and continues to rapidly evolve, and current devices and applications can more cost-effectively and efficiently improve your business and leverage your resources to allow you to deliver better quality of care. 

Technology Your Staff Will Thank You For

Operating a long-term care community without updated, integrated technology can present major challenges for staff and residents alike.  Inefficiencies with inaccurate, out-of-date data and devices that do not operate securely where and when you need it to not only has a negative impact on your bottom line, but can generate frustrations among staff and have dangerous consequences for residents.

Technology Needs of Long-Term Post-Acute Care (LTPAC)

 The need for Long-Term Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) cannot be denied, as the population of the US is increasingly aging. As reported by the U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, there will be almost 83.7 million US people aged over 65 in 2050. Along the same lines, the reported 65th birthday of the average baby boomer in 2011 further emphasizes the implications of LTPAC, as the individuals of this age group will be over 85 years by 2050. Accordingly, LTPAC providers must be proficient in delivering quality care, which ultimately means being technologically aligned. 

Trends In Long Term Post-Acute Care Technology

Today's healthcare industry is witnessing advancements in healthcare-related technology that are promising to change the course of health and wellness in ways never imagined. These technological advances are happening faster than most of us can keep up with. 

A couple of decades ago, healthcare communities could get away with adopting new technology every few years. In those days, patients had fewer expectations when it came to medical treatment, whether short or long term. Nowadays, patients are far savvier and knowledgeable when it comes to understanding what they expect from a healthcare provider. 

The Top 7 Myths About Healthcare Technology

The prosperity of your healthcare organization hinges in great part on your ability to increase your efficiency. With ongoing technological advances, organizations of all types and sizes have successfully bolstered their productivity. In spite of these successes, healthcare workers still cling to some myths surrounding medical technology. Below are the top seven myths about healthcare technology along with the realities that pertain to each.