This installment of senior care technology news features Brookale Senior Living’s implementation of Aerohive Network’s wireless network solutions, along with a new tool for assessing proper hygiene among healthcare clinicians and a German company that recently launched an assisted living gateway for independent seniors who want to stay in their homes.
1. Aerohive Networks: Brookdale Senior Living Implements New Wireless Networking Solution
Brookdale Senior Living recently implemented a massive deployment of Aerohive Network’s wireless network solutions to enable higher levels of care with Wi-Fi and EMR and provide wireless Internet access to residents. Aerohive is a pioneer in controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-enabled networking, and its wireless solution will deliver needed functionality for Brookdale without the need for a controller in each community.
“We’re finding mobility is key for our EMR applications. It gives us the ability to do bedside support and therapy in many locations, without having to be connected by a wire,” said Chris Fadrowski, Senior Director of IT Infrastructure for Brookdale Senior Living.
2. G5: Brand Advocacy Provider Releases Next-Generation DXM Platform for Senior Living Industry
G5, a digital experience management (DXM) provider for the senior living industry, recently announced the release of its next-generation DXM platform, which includes five product suites enabling properties to create, deliver, measure, and optimize digital touchpoint experiences.
“The digital voice of the customer is increasing in volume, and Senior Living communities need a new kind of strategy to address it,” said Dan Hobin, co-founder and CEO of G5. “The G5 DXM Platform allows owners and operators to manage the digital experience at every touchpoint throughout the customer lifecycle, turning prospects into residents and residents as well as influencers into brand advocates. This next-generation platform reflects our commitment to helping our clients meet the needs of today’s digital consumer.”
3. Healthquest: Touch-Screen Technology Promotes Proper Hygiene in LTC Settings
Healthquest Technologies recently received a patent for its “Safe-Hands Hygiene Monitoring System,” a tool that detects whether doctors have used hand sanitizer or washed their hands before touching patients or connecting medical equipment to a patient, reports eWeek.com.
The system uses touch screen technology to generate indications of proper hygiene before contact is made with patients or medical equipment. Sensors attached to patients render them as human iPad screens, says Healthquest’s director Dr. Richard Deutsch, which can send signals over WiFi to an iPad-like LCD screen that displaces an animated message and voice notification informing the patient of the clinician’s hygienic status. Read more…
4. Connected Living: Senior Organization Celebrates Improved Digital Access for D.C. Seniors
Connected Living, an organization that helps seniors use technology to stay connected, is celebrating the graduates from its program that provided the D.C. Housing Authority’s Garfield Terrace residents with access to computers, allowing them to stay in touch with their families, neighbors, and building administrators in a safe, private online community.
“The initiative at Garfield Terrace is a fantastic example of how the public and private sectors can partner for the greater good. By providing our senior citizens with access to technology—and the training and support that is essential to its successful adoption—we’ve broadened their community and given them access to all sorts of new opportunities,” said D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who will attend the “graduation ceremony.”
The program launched with 24 participants on April 10, and the next group of Garfield Terrace residents have already signed up for the next set of classes.
5. Telekom: Assisted Living Home Gateway for Independent Elders
German company Deutsche Telekom’s Innovation Laboratories has launched a home gateway with features that can help seniors live independently, reports Telecompaper. The Ambient Assisted Living device receives information about situations in which elderly users might need help, such as accidents, and automatically informs care personnel. The new product uses existing infrastructure and is remotely maintained by an operator.