EHR data conversion is the process of taking data from a legacy electronic health record system and transferring it to a new system.EHR data conversion can either be performed manually or through an automated process. Manual data conversion carries a significant risk of data manipulation. As a result, many healthcare organizations choose automated EHR data conversion when working with large sets of data. Continue reading “Is an Automated EHR Data Conversion Right for You?”
Today, there’s an alternative available that is smarter, more efficient and ultimately more effective than a traditional nurse call system. 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.
Even given all the advantages of a modern passive health monitoring system and the possibilities enabled by AI, senior housing operators still must consider the business advantages before committing – just as they would with any new technology. As may already be apparent, there are numerous ways in which these solutions can contribute to the health of a senior housing operation’s bottom line. Continue reading “Business Advantages of Passive Health Monitoring”
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.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement describes patient engagement as “actions that people take for their health and to benefit from care.” Patient engagement by its nature allows patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers to make more informed decisions and adopt behaviors that facilitate improved health outcomes.
Navigating the shifting and potentially financially risky waters of infrastructure isn’t easy, especially from a high-level executive position.The risk comes by way of the technological complexity of necessary IT requirements and that healthcare executives (understandably) are not always educated or skilled in managing information technology.
When working in a senior care environment, clinicians and other senior care staff may breeze by worries of elder care security. Continue reading “How Can Elder Care Professionals Protect Themselves From a Security Breach?”
When it comes to quality of life and care coordination for seniors, it’s widely acknowledged that fall prevention must be part of any preventative health measures. Not only do falls cause injuries and fatalities, but they can also affect mental health, emotional wellbeing, and senior independence.
Falls are among the most costly, and also the most preventable, medical events in the senior housing setting. They’re costly to the health system, as falls are a frequent cause of hospitalization, and costly to the housing operator. Falls may create the need for extra staff or they may trigger unnecessary vacancies.
Senior living executives and clinicians often have resident falls as a top priority throughout the community. Rightfully so, as falls can cause unplanned emergency room visits, hospital stays, and even move-outs due to death or increased care needs. In order to best combat resident falls, clinicians know the benefit of stopping the fall before it happens in the first place. Determining which residents are at a higher risk to fall can be a first step in determining approaches, interventions, and even staff ratios.
Millions of seniors over the age of 65 fall each year, with astounding consequences that affect both body and pocketbook. According to the CDC, one out of every five falls results in a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. Beyond broken hips and traumatic brain injuries, falls cost money – a lot of money. The CDC estimates direct medical costs incurred by fall injuries are approximately $34 billion annually.