Infrastructure that includes the right hardware, software, network, and people to run the IT will prove essential to gaining resident satisfaction. The right infrastructure will:
Although cloud computing helps support healthcare trends and improve patient care, many healthcare organizations have maintained a deep-rooted aversion to its use, often citing security and privacy concerns. In recent years, regulations have been pushing the industry toward storage, collaboration, and accessibility. As a result, the cloud has become an even more attractive solution, since it is often safer and more versatile than on-premise options. Furthermore, health information exchanges are contributing to the need for interconnected medical record systems to ensure easy access to patient data. As a result, cloud adoption in healthcare is beginning to grow.
Passive remote monitoring systems are game-changers when it comes to the safety and health of residents. These systems are built around discrete, often environmentally embedded sensors (typically motion, depth, and pressure sensors) that are connected to a powerful computer system that can detect falls, illnesses, and other emergencies. Continue reading “Questions to Ask When Considering Remote Monitoring or Alert Systems”
While Timed Up and Go is valued in part for its ease and simplicity, that ease is also responsible for limitations in its predictive value. The limitations of Timed Up and Go beg the question of whether viable alternatives or supplements to TUG exist. Medical professionals have in fact developed other means of assessing fall risk.
Cloud computing represents a different way to deliver computing resources than the traditional on-site IT infrastructure. While it is widely believed that “the cloud” provides a greater level of security, the infrastructure is more scalable, it allows providers and patients to be more collaborative, and it will help decrease and stabilize IT costs, the healthcare industry has been slow to adopt this computing model. What is the cloud, how does healthcare use it now and what is the future?
A key aspect of fall prevention is fall risk assessment, and the gold standard in fall risk assessment in recent decades has been the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test. The TUG test has the virtue of being a quick and simple assessment. It simply entails timing a patient as he or she rises from a chair, walks three meters (10 feet), and returns to a seated position. The time it takes to complete the task (assuming the patient is able to complete the test at all) has been correlated to fall risk in some studies. Depending on the source, cutoff times ranging from 10 seconds and up, to 30 seconds and up, indicate a patient who is at high risk of falling.