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Technology Trends Your Roadmap for 2017
Technology is having a impact on senior care
and senior living (LTPAC). From electronic health records
to wearable devices to automation of critical functions
like medication administration technology is playing an
increasingly vital role in:
supporting better overall care,
improved experiences for residents, and
greater for staff.
As we move through 2017 and beyond, the use of technology to
meet resident and complex care needs will continue to increase.
Some key trends to watch:
Increased mobility and multi-function devices: Equipping
care teams with mobile devices means they can document on the
go allowing them to spend more time in front of residents, less
time behind a desk. While mobility is key, so is multi-functioning.
For example: point-of-care, eMAR and timeclock (punch-in,
punch-out) should be available on the same device. Multi-function
devices also means lower overall cap-ex spend while ensuring
better device security, access to mission critical data and better
Technology-enabled integrated service management:
Replacing various paper and manual tasks with
automated, integrated processes. Allows for greater
and reduces risk of manual error.
Migrating to the Cloud: Leaving aging physical servers (and
the maintenance that goes with them) behind and opting for the
Cloud. Reducing cap-ex spend and choosing stable monthly costs
for secure data storage is an attractive option for many.
Keeping up with the tech savvy: Younger staff are used to
living in the digital world and they expect their workplace to be
equipped with the right tools. As the baby boomers age, they
and their families will also expect technology-driven services
Solid wireless: To keep up with technology adoption, facilities
need to ensure they have reliable and secure wireless networks
in place. Inadequate Wi-Fi can be a major source of frustration,
not to mention risk.
Need for 24x7 support: Providing care is 24x7. The
technology you use has to be available around the clock also.
What about IT Support? Many organizations are realizing
as they add technology, they also need to ensure adequate
support is available.
What does your roadmap look like?
How do these trends compare to your technology roadmap? Do
you have a plan in place that prepares your organization for future
There are a lot of moving parts to consider. And no matter what
technology you choose to adopt, data security and privacy are of
Building a plan is essential to map out what roles technology
can play for your organization and for designing a rollout that is
reasonable and affordable.