2015 was one of the greatest years Keystone IT has had yet! From moving into our new headquarters, winning 3rd fastest growing company in St. Louis, and #1 Best IT Firm in St. Louis we could not be more thankful for the business relationships we have and continue to foster. As we look back on this record breaking year, we wanted to highlight our top posts written by our Keystone IT industry experts. Take a look at our top 10 best posts of 2015.
Senior living executives want the best for their residents, and that means keeping them out of the hospital. Falls are responsible for sending nearly a million seniors to the hospital each year, leading to a lower quality of life, at best, and death at worst. That’s why preventing falls has always been a key priority for senior living homes.
Senior housing communities may have numerous differences from each other, from geographical location to resident numbers, but the most robust operations tend to have the same key to success: healthcare IT consultants.
Most seniors today were of prime movie-going age in 1968 when Stanley Kubrick’s landmark 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered. They will remember vividly how the ship’s computer HAL overrode its human masters to take control of the mission.
Small wonder that the phrase “artificial intelligence,” or AI, comes with some negative connotations. For many, the notion of AI is fraught with peril – a vision of a future in which machines dominate humans.
A few months ago we announced that Keystone IT has been named St. Louis Business Journal’s 3rd fastest growing business. Our CEO, Eric Humes, reflected on this honor by sharing a few lessons he has learned managing a growing company. Another honor we are incredibly proud to have received this year was being named #1 Best IT Firm by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. We got the chance to catch up with our Vice President of Operations, Katie Nemec, about her thoughts after receiving this honor. Katie has been a driving force behind our support team and customer service efforts. Hear what Katie has to say about managing the operations of an IT firm growing in size and services along with her thoughts on what makes Keystone IT different.
In recent years, healthcare companies have been moving their services into the cloud at a rapid rate. By 2020, the healthcare cloud computing market is expected to grow at a 20.5% compound annual growth rate to reach about $9.48 billion. However, this expedited growth does not come without security concerns. Recent studies have shown that of the hundreds of applications used within hospitals, 93% of the cloud services are a security threat to hospitals.
It only makes sense. When someone is happy, they tend to want that happiness to last. In the same way, seniors who are happy with the quality of care and quality of life afforded them through their senior care community are likely to stay put.
Outsourcing is an emerging trend in healthcare. IT outsourcing is when an organization selects the most efficient third-party service provider to effectively operate its management and administrative unit. Outsourcing of IT solutions in the healthcare industry has emerged as an efficient solution to mitigate rising healthcare costs and to meet the growing demand for quality care. The trend of outsourcing healthcare IT solutions in large organizations has grown significantly and has also attracted mid-sized and small organizations. In some cases, the entire information management system is outsourced, while in others, only key application services are outsourced.
Financial and clinical concerns aside, senior care executives are in the business of caring for people. Residents rely on the safety and quality of life that a senior care community offers, and family members are often a key component when it comes to senior living decisions for loved ones. Executives and clinical teams are not just caring for the senior, they are also caring for the family. Beyond resident care, senior care community teams must focus on building and establishing trust with the loved ones of residents. Not only is this relationship building crucial to closing the sale, but actively maintaining and earning the trust of residents’ loved ones is key to quality of life and satisfaction scores. While communities may highlight activity calendars and dining menus, marketing teams would be wise to highlight a behind the scenes aspect of senior care – remote monitoring technology.