The expansion of intuitive technologies and internet connectivity are the essential methods to improve home healthcare during the pandemic and beyond.
FREMONT, CA:The pandemic of COVID-19 has taken the home healthcare sector to a crossroads. More senior citizens are at ease with mobile devices and smart technology to safely age in place. Due to the public health emergency, many people may be attempting to escape full-time treatment in a congregate care environment. For the temporary extended Medicare and Medicaid coverage, telehealth use has skyrocketed.
For elderly and high-risk patients, staying at home as much as possible is crucial. The home healthcare sector has long suffered from high turnover. According to Home Care Pulse, a research company, the annual resignation rate reached an all-time high of 82 percent in 2018.
Touchless approaches that complement (or even deliver) elements of post-acute treatment have become increasingly important as a result of COVID-19. Organizations must develop innovative and efficient ways to support this population, whether they can physically be there.
Home healthcare visits, without a doubt, offer necessary face time. Simply communicating with a patient may provide vital information to help direct treatment. Wellness check-ins and telehealth sessions using a device or tablet will help to bridge the gap.
Remote patient monitoring technologies that collect and deliver personal health data to caregivers will become an increasingly important part as the public health emergency disrupts these connections.
Wi-Fi-enabled software and devices that monitor a user's vital signs, like blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, oxygen saturation levels, and weight, can take readings using current consumer technology or a specialized instrument.
These tools reduce the risks of in-person interaction and can also help busy healthcare professionals save time. Such data collection strengthens patients with real-time readings, which they can share with family members to get real-time interventions.
This change could lead to several new possibilities in the home. People can use technologies "smart pills" that use digital sensors to monitor adherence or diapers that use radio-frequency identification badges to notify caregivers, among other possibilities.