The second McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards, sponsored by McKesson, have been awarded. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, as well as Certificates of Merit, were given in each of five categories. Here is a full list of the winners, with hotlinks to stories about each division.
Life Care Centers of America has captured the top honor in the Quality category of McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards. The strong entries in the second annual competition proved "this field has evolved new and innovative ways to better service its customers," says John O'Connor, McKnight's editorial director.
A fall from bed can cause more than bodily injury, if a resident's dignity is compromised by a loud, embarrassing alarm. Recognizing this, nonprofit operator The Terraces of Los Gatos implemented new smartbed technology — and won top honors in McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards for the effort.
Biscuit is not a real puppy, but the animatronic dog provides very real benefits for memory care residents of the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing. The nonprofit has achieved such success with Biscuit that independent judges chose Front Porch to receive the Gold Award in the High Tech/High Touch category of the 2013 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards.
Long-term care providers are under increasing pressure to manage transitions into and out of their centers, as the nation's healthcare system enters an era of greater coordination. Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation is on the leading edge of this movement, showing how technology can improve patient outcomes during the transition process. For this, the nonprofit won top honors in the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards.
From reducing off-label use of antipsychotics to better antibiotic stewardship, medication management is at the forefront of today's long-term care challenges. And Golden LivingCenter-Indianapolis is in the vanguard of facilities tackling this challenge in innovative ways. For this, the skilled nursing facility received top honors in the McKnight's Excellence in Technology awards.