Providing high-quality care to senior citizens requires around-the-clock vigilance on the part of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. Information technology (IT) plays a critical role in the delivery of reliable care to seniors at LTPAC facilities. Unfortunately, patient care can suffer when LTPAC employees do not have access to a 24/7 IT help desk that truly understands the long term care and senior living environment. Below is a look at some of the signs that indicate that your facility needs to move to a 24/7 IT service desk and the key ways that immediate access to IT support can help your LTPAC facility gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Intuitively, many people think of long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) as a somewhat traditional and tech adverse industry. With the focus so squarely on giving care in perpetuity to patients that need consistent hands-on attention, the core mission of LTPAC is understandably seen as a very traditional hands-on concept. But in reality, the complex needs of patients receiving LTPAC services are actually the perfect environment for many of our most recent innovations from hardware devices to software to services.
Improving Patient Care with Office 365
If provided a way to save money and enhance patient care, you'd probably implement it right? One such way is to follow the example set by the National Health Services of Scotland and of Advocate Health Care, one of the largest hospital systems in Illinois. Both organizations switched from Microsoft Office to Microsoft Office 365 and boosted caregiver efficiency while also improving care consistency.
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.
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.
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.
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.