Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Springhill Care Group: Senior Care Technology Round-Up Providing Better Living for Elderly

Tech companies put into view their newest improvements in senior care.  To help seniors age in place they provided gadgets to aid their needs from personal robots and virtual exercising, to remote-monitoring technology that tracks vitality and detects injuries yet companies are still developing new tools.

Mobile App Provides Enterprise-Wide Analysis, Enables Competitor Comparisons

Web-based staff scheduling and shift management software for the healthcare industry, OnShift announced its new app OnShift Mobile.  The main focus of the app is for on-the-go executives in the senior care industry, it delivers top-down analysis into staffing and labor management.

The intend of making prompt and well-versed decisions in improving operations, labor costs and resident care,  OnShift Mobile expands the functionality of OnShift staff scheduling software with key workforce analytics so executives expand actionable insight across properties.

There are different features included such as: tracking staffing levels; overtime and occupancy status against budgets; insight at the enterprise, region, division and facility/community-basis; the ability to compare their organization against other regions, divisions and properties with new peer analysis capabilities.

Social Media Tool Recruits Client Leads, Provides Caregiver and Patient Updates 

“Social media and aging senior care don’t seem to go hand-in-hand. But for Home Care Assistance, an in-home senior care company, social media has been an invaluable tool for growth, propelling the business to hit $63 million in revenue in 2012 and grow 25% year-over-year for nearly a decade,” reports Fox Business.

“The company uses social media as a recruiting tool for new client leads, provide updates on its caregivers and patients as well as to offer health tips for the elderly.”

“There are a lot of misnomers and myths propagated by our industry about social media,” she says. “The primary health-care decision maker is a son or daughter in their 50s or 60s, even though our clients are in the eighties and nineties. The AARP says Facebook is one of the top three sites seniors peruse and 41% health-care decisions are made in part from social media and reviews.”

Virtual Reality Meets Physical Exercise, Enhances Cognitive Abilities of Seniors

Another good deal about this is seniors with dementia will be able to obtain the benefits from physical and cognitive exercise all without leaving the comforts of home, thanks to one nonprofit provider’s new fitness program.

CTIW or the Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing conducted demonstrations of its “exergaming” device to the streets to test it.

To take the repetitiveness out of exercising by helping seniors with dementia improve their cognitive purposes, the CyberCycles fitness program adds in the physical activity of biking with mentally stimulating virtual reality.

Exergaming gives a handy means for seniors to stay dynamic while at the same time aging in place by means of the specially-designed bikes equipped with virtual-reality screens to simulate outdoor biking and racing.

Remote-Monitoring Cardiac Device, a “Game-Changing” Impact on 30-day Readmissions

CardioNet, Inc. and the AirStrip joined forces to make available an integrated solution for mobile patient keeping an eye with a gadget that tracks cardiac data.  AirStrip will transport patient data from CardioNet’s Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry straight to clinicians’ mobile devices, including tables and phones.

“This partnership s the foundation for a powerful end-to-end cardiac care package that promises to have a game-changing impact on 30-day readmissions for heart failure,” said Alan Portela, AirStrip CEO. “Our pioneering mobility solution delivers critical patient data to physicians anywhere across the care continuum to encourage better decision-making and improve both the timeliness and quality of care.”

Cloud-Based Tracking Technology Detects Falls, Keep Seniors Healthy at Home

To locate and track patients, Sonitor Technologies’ ultrasound based USID technology is already used in hospitals. But the good thing is it can also be installed to observe activity and detect falls in the home.  The device is cost effective and easy to install, it is also a system that is almost entirely battery powered.  All you need is a broad area communication interface and the infrastructure to manage emergency calls.

Worn like a wristwatch, this Sonitor’s system is based on a small waterproof sensor.  Every 15s, this sends a positioning signal using Wi-Fi to a homecare gateway. Positioning signals generated by the ultrasound system deliver 3d data to an accuracy of 3cm.  The smart homecare gateway is regularly active and monitors these measurements and with local computing intelligence, the gateway only sends relevant data if help is needed.”

Inventors File Patent or “Autonomous Personal Service Robot”

The Autonomous personal service robot is used to monitor its owner for symptoms of distress and provide assistance. The system can supply security for the home because the system may consist of sensors to sense conditions soon before they distress people such as smoke, heat, temperature and carbon monoxide sensors. The PRA may include features like medicine dispenser and blood pressure cuff. Features such as broadband internet, MP3 player, reading lights and eye glass tracker provide butler type capabilities that allow the system to appeal to markets beyond the elderly and informed. Providing the system with a robot arm permits the robot to bring items, turn on and off wall switches and open the refrigerator.

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