Month: November 2015

What Are EHR Data Architects?

At Keystone Technologies we have developed a failsafe approach to extract data out of a system, transform it, and load it into a new system without ever touching a single patient record.

With have more than 50 cumulative years of data conversion experience to support our clients, we have had tremendous practice in numerous different systems. However, we must remember that “it is the expertise in the Data Conversion PROCESS, not experience in a specific SYSTEM that leads to a successful Data Conversion.” Read More

Is your Senior Living IT infrastructure up to snuff? 4 Ways to tell.

Today’s seniors expect their senior living home to use the best technology for their comfort and safety, and wise senior living executives will find a way to ensure they meet those expectations with the best in leading-edge software and innovative infrastructure. A good infrastructure will ensure that a senior living home is providing exceptional quality of care, thus ensuring quality of life.

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Building a Boomer-Friendly Senior Community? Don’t forget about IT.

Building a Boomer-Friendly Senior Community? Don’t forget about IT.

The baby boom that followed World War II has become an age boom, as more than 10,000 Boomers turn 65 every day. Senior living organizations are now positioning themselves to take full advantage of increased demand for senior housing caused by this “silver tsunami”, and the pace of new senior housing construction has picked up considerably since a lull during the recent recession. But successfully meeting the demand of aging boomers involves more than inventory and an “if you build it, they will come” approach to growth. Boomers are drawn to features and amenities that differ from those that attracted earlier generations of senior living residents, particularly in the case of technology.

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7 Ways Technology Can Improve Quality of Life for Memory Care Residents

Of all categories of senior care, it could be argued that memory care is one where emerging technologies may make the biggest difference in improving residents’ quality of life. For example, memory care residents often are unable to express their needs clearly, so technologies that aid communication, detect changes in health status and cognition, or help staff to know when a resident is most lucid, all have great potential to empower providers to serve their residents better.

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7 Ways Technology Can Improve Quality of Life for Memory Care Residents

HITECH: Where we are now

In 2009, the Health Information Technology of Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act was signed into law. Six years later, we find organizations still struggling to achieve compliance. Why are healthcare organizations still unable to attest to meaningful use, HIPAA compliance, and the many other regulatory compliance standards? We dug in to find out where the current state of the healthcare industry stands on the HITECH act and what we see for the future.

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Why Remote Monitoring is Revolutionizing Memory Care in Senior Living

Why Remote Monitoring is Revolutionizing Memory Care in Senior Living

The Memory Care sector of the senior living industry is full of its own unique challenges. Not only are residents dealing with aging-related health issues, a diagnosis of dementia only adds obstacles for families, residents, and staff to contend with. Specialized staff training and a strong clinical team are a great start to building a memory care unit that is safe, both physically and emotionally, for residents. But the memory care sector of senior housing  is also starting to take notice of how remote monitoring is changing the face of memory care.

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Positioning the Value of Remote Monitoring to Future Residents: If you build it, they will come.

For years, the senior living industry has been planning and waiting for the Baby Boomers to begin their march towards retirement. However, it has become clear that the extra investments and extensive building has only led to empty senior apartments intended for Baby Boomers who have yet to come. The Baby Boomers have fooled an industry into thinking that they are coming sooner than later.

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Positioning the Value of Remote Monitoring to Future Residents: If you build it, they will come.

No Vacancy: How Remote Monitoring Can Increase Occupancy Rates

As of the second quarter of 2015, the average senior living occupancy rate is 90 percent according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care. This is a respectable improvement over occupancy rates during the recession, which hovered around 86 percent. While a layman might point out that there’s hardly a difference between 86 percent and 90 percent, senior living executives and strategists know that a four percent increase in occupancy rate can be huge for a senior community. It can mean the difference between just breaking even (or worse) and strong profitability.

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No Vacancy: How Remote Monitoring Can Increase Occupancy Rates