Senior Care Technology Review: OnShift, Healthcare IT, and Independa

A couple senior care technology companies are releasing new software that can help both home health caregivers and senior living facility staff improve quality of care and overall efficiency, including scheduling software and remote health care monitoring. Additionally, health care information technology developments continue to make headlines as health care professionals recognize its role in improving patient care.

1. OnShift: New Release of Staff Scheduling Software

OnShift recently released its latest staff scheduling and shift management software which introduces Staff Extend open shift recruiting and management capabilities that let long-term care and senior living providers to fill shifts by accessing and sharing employees from neighboring locations, such as a sister community. The new software also features enhanced reporting and analytics which provide greater customization and ease-of-use for labor management analysis.

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2. Linkage Technology Survey: How Do the Oldest Americans Feel About Technology?

There’s a growing technological divide between the older and younger generations, according to the results of a recent Linkage survey which polled 1,789 seniors, 71% of whom were older than 75, about their perspectives on technology. Aging in Place Technology Watch analyzed the results of the survey, which shows that a majority of low-income seniors are willing to use technology to connect more with their families, if they could be trained how to use the technologies, and if it was affordable. However, many indicated that these technologies were not affordable, and named an unlikely source for the person they’d most trust to provide training—their doctor.

3. CDW Healthcare Report: 84% of Doctors & Nurses Say Patient Care is Better with Healthcare IT

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A survey of 400 information technology (IT) professionals and caregivers at hospitals reveals that 84% of caregivers believe patient care is improved by using health care information technologies, according to a new CDW Healthcare report. Healthcare IT solutions are getting better, and 43% of caregivers say that systems which have been installed in the last 18 months are “more useful in patient care,” with 35% saying they’re more able to deliver the information that the need.

The availability of better information, the accuracy of care delivered to patients, and the ability to track follow-up care were other factors rated in the survey as top benefits. Read more about the results of the survey here.

4. Independa: Remote Glucose Monitoring for Elder Care

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Independent living solutions company Independa plans to incorporate Telcare glucose monitoring into a suite of sensors that professional and family caregivers can use to track the health and wellbeing of independent seniors. The Blood Glucose Meter will instantly transmit test results to Independa’s care management cloud, so caregivers can immediately access results. The portable Telcare glucometer will be fully mobile and is designed to increase productivity of caregivers and flexibility of those who use it.

Independa plans to make Telcare glucose monitoring available May 1 through its channel partners, including senior living facilities and home health providers.

LTL Magazine Blog Update: “Banner Month” for Health IT in Long-Term and Post Acute Care

A Health Information Technology Strategy consultant writes in his Long-Term Living-hosted blog that Februrary was a “banner month” for health IT in LTPAC. Discussed events include rulemaking by the National Quality Forum, a meeting held by the Health Information and Management Systems Society, and a proposed rule for Stage 2 of the Electronic Health Record Incentive program. Find out more.

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