Senior living healthcare IT systems can look vastly different from facility to facility. It can be overwhelming to sift through the elements that your senior living IT system design should include. Multiple variables are at play, from number of beds to clinical needs, resident WiFi use to privacy settings. But one thing is certain: when it comes to designing a senior living IT system capabilities, remote monitoring is a key component that benefits not only the residents, but the staff and facility as well.
Why remote monitoring is crucial
Remote monitoring is no longer only available in sci-fi movies. In fact, passive remote monitoring is finding a home within many senior living communities and showing that quality of life, safety, and even resident satisfaction improve with the introduction of remote monitoring technology. Highly functional remote monitoring technology includes not only fall prevention measures, but also the opportunity for staff to rewind and review the fall incident itself. This allows them to find the cause of the fall so that measures can be taken to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Further, quality remote monitoring systems have the option for early illness detection and even pressure ulcer alerts. However, remote monitoring systems need certain components of senior living healthcare IT systems in order to work at their best level including routing and switching systems and high speed and wireless connectivity.
Design and Installation
When considering senior living IT system components to best support remote monitoring in a facility setting, the accompanying technology needs to be designed for it. Wireless design is a priority, as the best remote monitoring systems use sensors that are not connected to a pull cord or other device. A thorough assessment by experts will ensure that the system is ready to go. It is worth the investment to hire an IT design consultant with an expertise in senior living communities. Specifically, your design company should offer support as well as know the ins and outs of HIPAA, along with other senior care considerations.
Senior living executives and staff are well educated on HIPAA, and good remote technology, and IT professionals should be as well. The healthcare IT system in a senior care community should be routed through data centers that are secure and designed for HIPAA compliance, as there will be plenty of confidential information stored within the remote monitoring technology system. Senior care executives should make it a priority to be sure that their chosen data center has the highest level of security and that the system is HIPAA compliant.
With all the extra wireless activity happening in senior living communities, via computer based charting and remote monitoring systems, it is imperative that IT systems are setup to handle high traffic without slowing down. Senior living IT professionals should ensure that the connectivity and speed are ready to support the remote monitoring system and sensors. Otherwise, slow connections and staff frustration are sure to increase.
Even if facilities have a dedicated senior living healthcare IT Director and team, it can be overwhelming to support all the technology within a remote monitoring system. The best remote monitoring system companies offer more than just a help desk center. These leaders in the field offer dedicated professionals specifically set up to support the facility and team. Senior living executives would be smart to include this perk while bidding out a remote monitoring technology service.
Adding remote monitoring technology to a senior living community can pay off in resident safety and in the bottom line. However, it is imperative that senior living executives realize that IT system design can make or break the remote monitoring addition.
How have you been able to choose a remote monitoring system that complements your existing IT design? What changes in your IT systems have you had to make when adding remote monitoring?