Senior housing operators for many years turned to buttons, pull cords and other nurse call systems, as effective, but rudimentary, solutions to address seniors’ increased fall risk. Although workable in some ways, these systems have continuously fallen short in many important areas, including timeliness, capability, and productivity. Read More
Over the last ten years, provider adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has grown significantly. Healthcare providers are expected to document encounters with patients to ensure a record of crucial information. However, just a decade ago around 90% of physicians still updated their patient records by hand. By the end of 2014, the tide had changed, and 83% of physicians reported they had adopted EHR systems. The combination of government incentives, advances in technology and improved outcomes and operations has fueled this growth.
In the past, alert systems have required residents to take specific action during a crisis (when their abilities might be diminished). These systems further, put a burden on caregivers to take a range of reactive measures to respond to a call. Depending on the circumstance, those measures might include a caregiver responding directly to a call. In some instances, it might involve the caregiver dispatching someone else. In turn, that person would need to either postpone an existing task or delay responding in order to finish an ongoing job.
Such active processes on the part of both the resident and the caregiver are altogether too much manual intervention. They are relics of inefficient systems with a lot of room for error, place an unwieldy burden on the resident, and add to staff members’ already heavy load. None of that is acceptable, especially when there are better, more technologically sophisticated solutions available. Read More
Physicians are expected to document encounters with patients. This ensures there is a record of crucial information for decision-making and dispute. A decade ago, around 90% of physicians updated their patient records by hand. By the end of 2014, 83% of physicians had adopted EHR systems. The combination of government incentives, advances in technology, and improved outcomes and operations fueled this growth.
For a long time, senior housing communities have relied on traditional nurse call systems because these generally represented the best technology available. Now, that technology has been superseded. Finding themselves in need of urgent-alert notification systems, senior housing operators for many years have turned to buttons and pull cords as an effective, if rudimentary, solution. Although workable to some extent, these systems have routinely fallen short in a number of key areas, including timeliness, capability, and productivity.
Today, there’s an alternative available that is smarter, more efficient and ultimately more effective than a traditional nurse call system. As featured in Provider Magazine, passive health monitoring is a system of interlocking technologies that provides more timely response to crises. Passive health monitoring helps ensure seniors’ dignity and sense of independence and allows operators to more effectively manage staffing—one of the biggest cost centers in any housing operation.
The last two decades have seen significant consolidation among health systems, hospitals, and private medical practices. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) encouraged mergers and acquisitions in order to decrease healthcare spending by eliminating duplication, standardizing treatment protocols, and incentivizing better utilization. As a result, there has been a surge of Merger and Acquisition (M&A) activity in healthcare since the ACA became law.