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Some LTC owners or providers are building communities devoid of nurses’ stations. Nurses have started using mobile kiosks with PCs or iPads. The approach helps reduce costs because it decreases the 24/7 need to staff the nurses’ station.
FREMONT, CA: In the past years, the landscape of Long Term Care (LTC) has changed extensively. One trend in LTC is the shift in customer expectations. Residents entering the communities have more options than the early period. Also, owners have turned to technology to fulfill the requirements of residents and to help reduce expenses by making the facility run more competently.
Below are recent trends being implemented in Long Term Care communities.
1. Mobile Kiosks –Some LTC owners or providers are building communities devoid of nurses’ stations. Nurses have started using mobile kiosks with PCs or iPads. The approach helps reduce costs because it decreases the 24/7 need to staff the nurses’ station.
2. Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs)–Several drivers are compelling LTC communities to take on EHRs, including:
• Changing Consumer Expectations –Residents and their families (customers) expect caregivers or doctors to know the exact medical history.
• Patient Safety –To have the complete medical account of the resident easily accessible to determine the best method of treatment.
• Administrative Competence and Effectiveness –To get access to data in real-time by purging patient medical history research.
• New Business Models –To have the power of mobility, to get information from anywhere and at any time.
3. Mobile Devices –Communities are requesting mobile devices for their caregivers to facilitate them to alert another caregiver for assistance. The implementation of mobile devices also eliminates the use of an external paging system, thereby giving the facility a more home-like environment.
4. Middleware Software –To improve care, LTC communities are relying on technology to send alarms and alerts from disparate systems like resident wandering systems, fire alarm, security, chair or bed pad alarms, and temperature monitoring on one mobile device.
5. Reporting–LTC communities are requesting the capability to offer reports to resident’s families and federal agencies.
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