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.
IT Infrastructure Library defines IT infrastructure as “a combined set of hardware, software, networks and facilities, including all of the information technology, in order to develop, test, deliver, monitor, control or support IT services.”
Senior living executives cannot take on this extensive responsibility without help, which is why it is wise to enlist a comprehensive technology consultant who can assist the architects, engineers, developers, and operators providing services to the senior living home. In addition, all consulting should ensure that a senior living space’s technology works today, with room to grow with the technology advancements of tomorrow.
Given the fast pace of technological advancement and the vast choices of applications available today, it can sometimes be hard for a senior living executive to choose the best solutions for his or her given community, even with help from in-house IT staff.
In addition, a senior living home will need network and connectivity infrastructure and data hosting that can handle all of the chosen system designs. Here are some questions senior living executives can ask to ensure their IT infrastructure is up to snuff for successful operations:
1. Can the infrastructure handle everything it is being asked to do?
This includes advanced routing and switching capabilities, along with network-optimizing appliances and advanced wireless design. It should be able to effectively and securely connect networks. It also needs to be optimized to simultaneously support the collective requirements being placed upon it and able to integrate voice, video and digital data.
2. Are the data center host and managed services optimal?
The data hosting center should have a high-availability, HIPAA-compliant environment with full redundancy and managed services. It should have a combination of leading edge technologies, automation tools, and best practices for making the most of the applications being used. This will result in a more reliable and cost-effective IT infrastructure and optimal managed services.
3. Are front-end services up to their task?
It is important that front-end UI/UX software development, artificial intelligence software development, sensor integration, server, storage and networking technology are supported. Optimal infrastructure requires optimal hardware solutions for applications to run on, ensuring an efficient and effective operating environment top to bottom. Only qualified experts can diagnose your infrastructure for this proper support.
4. Can the bandwidth support the growing use of apps?
A growing community may be good for the bottom line, but it means more users, more applications, and greater complexity from an IT perspective. Senior living homes need to be equipped with reliable services that meet business objectives, with room to grow.
These are exciting times, with endless technological capabilities unfolding every day designed to keep senior residents safe, happy, healthy and energized. To ensure the provision of everything the latest powerful IT and innovative apps can provide, it is critical to make sure the infrastructure is capable of keeping up, now and into the future.