Technology is changing the world at warp speed, forever changing the face of contemporary healthcare, including nursing homes, home health care agencies, assisted living facilities, and retirement communities. “Since technology is used in nursing homes to admit and discharge residents, monitor patients’ dietary and pharmacy needs, complete administrative activities and, more recently, enable communication between families and loved ones, a certain level of IT sophistication should be an important factor to consider when individuals choose nursing homes,” says Greg Alexander, associate professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. “People may not consider IT implementation to be important when searching for a nursing home, but IT certainly impacts the communication between staff and the continuity of care for the patients,” he continues. Given the enhanced mobility and flexibility offered nowadays by smartphones and tablets, these mobile devices should be particularly taken into consideration while implementing IT innovations in caring for the elderly and disabled, and in today’s blog post, we will talk about how these technologies, and specifically mobile applications, can ensure better quality care for these individuals.
First of all, mobile apps allow replacing traditional paper forms, which can be bulky and challenging to search, and simplify patient records by offering on-demand access, updating, and sharing capabilities without jeopardizing patient privacy. Thus, for instance, nurses and nursing assistants can record encounters, activities of daily living, meal and drug intake, health conditions and injuries, medical treatments, take photos, record their notes, etc.
Second, with mobile applications, patient records can be accessed anywhere through the nursing facility, including but not limited to the patients’ rooms and at their bedsides.
Third, mobile applications of nursing centers place the patient’s health history right at the doctors’ fingertips, allowing for more productive conversations with the patients’ family members and enabling them to instantly update the patients’ files once the conversations are over.
Moreover, mobile technologies can also improve communication between the nursing staff, doctors, and administrators.
Aside from helping nursing facilities themselves, mobile applications can play a significant role for the organizations evaluating and assessing the suitability and safety of the premises for the elderly and disabled. For example, Remain Home Solutions, LLC provides convenient and reliable home assessments, design specifications, financing and construction management, along with lifestyle support solutions to help individuals live independently and safety in their homes as long as possible. (Founder & CEO Craig McBurney of Remain Home Solutions, LLC to Be Interviewed Live on Clear Channel’s “The Trader’s Network Show”) In this case, mobile applications serve in the interest of the residents of nursing homes by simplifying the process of data collection, storing, sharing, and keeping hardware inventories.
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