Intuitively, many people think of senior living 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 senior living is understandably seen as a very traditional hands-on concept. But in reality, the complex needs of patients receiving these 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.
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 Senior Living and Post-Acute 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 Inefficiencies with inaccurate, out-of-date data and devices that do not operate securely where and when you need it to not only has a negative impact on your bottom line, but can generate frustrations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.
The need for senior living facilities 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 senior living, as the individuals of this age group will be over 85 years by 2050. Accordingly, senior living providers must be proficient in delivering quality care, which ultimately means being technologically aligned.
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.
Yesterday there was another massive ransomware outbreak found to be using the same vulnerabilities in Windows that were used for WannaCry last month. Ukraine was hit hardest, but at the time of writing, businesses in a total of 65 countries were affected throughout the world including Russia, Germany, France, and the US.
We asked our C-suite to give us their top technology picks for 2017 for senior living providers. Our Consulting CIOs (CCIOs) work directly with clients and prospects every day, and the most common gaps in technology they see fall into security and mobility. Their following picks all provide cost savings while reducing the chance of receiving a hefty HIPAA fine.