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The cost of long-term care -- could technology help lower it?

What care delivery has seen an uptake in technology adoption? People imagined that post-Covid-19, technology would become much more compelling in all types of care delivery. And for sure, the pandemic institutionalized the role of in-home telehealth, with CMS reimbursement presumed to become permanent, or at least regularly renewed. In fact, 23% of respondents to a government survey had used telehealth during a 6-month period in 2021. Also for sure, the use of healthcare portals has seen increased penetration – in 2020, 60% of patients in the US were offered access to a portal, and 40% accessed their records through it.   

Connect America Unveils Industry-First Enhancements to Connect America Home™ Platform

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BALA CYNWYD, Pa., Nov. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Connect America, the nationally recognized innovator in connective care technology to empower seniors and vulnerable populations to age gracefully in place, today announced several enhancements to its Connect America Home™ platform. This next-generation, AI-enabled digital health and safety platform provides secure, non-intrusive, continuous monitoring with emergency and non-emergency support to help everyone live safely, independently, and well at home.

The Future of Sensors and Older Adults 2022

Over the next five years and beyond, the care industries will make more effective use of sensor technologies, which will benefit from device compliance with new standards and expansion of Wi-Fi access at home and in senior care. The introduction of ‘Edge computing’ in which device data is analyzed closer to the user.  Older adults will benefit from the ubiquity of voice, AI and camera technology in their home/residence of choice.  The cost of care will be rightsized – matching care capacity and improved wages for workers.

BioIntelliSense Acquires AlertWatch® Clinical Intelligence Engine

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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BioIntelliSense, Inc., a continuous health monitoring and clinical intelligence company, today announced its acquisition of AlertWatch®, an FDA-cleared, clinically proven patient monitoring solution. AlertWatch uniquely provides robust integration, data analysis and a patented intuitive display of contextual patient data for more efficient, actionable clinical decisions. As part of the recently announced strategic partnership with Medtronic, its Patient Monitoring business will distribute AlertWatch to hospitals throughout the U.S.

GrandCare Systems Announces Features to Address Staffing Shortages, Hosts Complimentary Assistive Tech Implementation Webinar

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Disability and aging service providers are facing an increased need for care while also dealing with record staff shortages. These organizations are turning to technology solutions like GrandCare to continue serving clients in need without having to onboard more staff.

It’s 2022 – has technology use progressed in senior care?

There is a labor shortage everywhere -- ditto in senior care. We know that one of the biggest issues in senior living (and home care, nursing homes, home health care) today is a shortage of labor. This roll-up of statistics shows more than 400,000 employees lost between 2020 and 2022, with long-term care facilities (aka nursing homes) being the most impacted. There is quite a bit of chatter in long-term care publications about the need for more technology use, and providers are asked to offer best examples of tech use to win an award (separate categories for senior living, home care, and skilled nursing) at the upcoming Leading Age event in October. Remember that memory care is a sub-category within both senior living (aka assisted living) and skilled nursing facilities (aka SNFs).

Beyond the medical alert -- old marketing and products are obsolete

PERS Insider helpfully listed the most common PERS Google searches. The result was bleak and informative. Their website identifies the top item (16,000 searches, results with ads) as a 'medical alert bracelet'. Except for the deep-pocketed Medical Guardian which bought ads everywhere, these were all bracelets to help emergency workers determine a health issue. The next one, Medical alert systems (14K searches) turned up ads for multi-vendor sales sites with names like 10 best, 5 best in Florida, and look, there's Medical Guardian! The US News site was not an ad itself, but the article was filled with ads for devices. Ditto for ConsumerAffairs.com.' Best and worst companies – more ads -- and Medical Guardian. Even 'I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up' is one of top four search terms (4800), no doubt from those miserable LifeAlert ads

Miss one of these? Six aging and health tech blog posts from April and May

Is 2022 the tipping point for technology and older adults? Scanning through the collection of blog posts from April and May, the obvious has finally occurred. Baby boomers are aging and want to stay in their homes as long as feasible. Soon all 54 million of them will be over 65. Many will need to be monitored in their home for chronic diseases and in-home risk of falling – Amazon noticed with Alexa Together – Verizon noticed with its Care Smart Watch. Home care companies, senior living companies, skilled nursing facilities are all desperate for workers to address this overwhelming market. At the insistence of customers and prospects, technology offerings (beyond telehealth) will be required in all of these settings, especially at home -- and so as long-predicted, they must proliferate and improve. Consider these six blog posts from April and May 2022.

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