Aging in Place: the Future is Gero-Technology

Experts agree that the home care industries (non-medical home care, home health care, and geriatric care management) are at the early stages of maximizing benefits of technology. Information about the individual client is not yet passed effectively or electronically between the various locations a care recipient may visit. In a survey of home care managers responsible for a total of 34,509 workers, telephone and email dominate the communication toolkit. Little in-home use is made of telehealth and chronic disease monitoring tech, even less use of video communication with either the care recipient or the family. As non-institutional home care plays a growing role along the care continuum, a Home Care Information Network (HCIN) will form, enabling important information to follow the care recipient across building boundaries, boosting quality and informing and reassuring families. To maximize its benefit, organizations that deliver care must:
1) Boost partnerships that span non-medical, home health, and geriatric care
2) Craft a technology strategy that enables integration of processes and data
3) Identify strategic and local technology partnerships to turn strategy into reality
4) Inspire and engage family members, partners and staff about technology use

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