Technology

Fall detection technologies rarely tested on the elderly

Fall detection technologies rarely tested on the elderly

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Those wearable pendants and sensors that promise to alert caregivers if a senior is about to, or has just experienced, a fall may not be as effective as they claim.

IT Update - March 2018

Report: Post-acute sector is lagging on telemed adoption

Report: Post-acute sector is lagging on telemed adoption

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Telemedicine's value across the care continuum is clear, but adoption still lags, according to a report released in February by Sage Growth Partners, a healthcare research firm.

Seniors take center stage at this year's electronics show

Seniors take center stage at this year's electronics show

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Using wearable technology to serve an aging population safely and efficiently appeared to be one of the running themes at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas.

IT Update - February 2018

FDA approves antipsychotic that includes tracking sensor

FDA approves antipsychotic that includes tracking sensor

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The Food and Drug Administration approved a new type of antipsychotic pill in November that is able to share information about when it was taken with patients and providers — but the new tech comes with a warning for older patients.

IT Update January 2018

McKnight's Technology Awards highlight innovation, dedication and quality of care

McKnight's Technology Awards highlight innovation, dedication and quality of care

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Whether it was reducing hospital readmissions or better tracking of incontinence, striking use of technology to improve resident care characterized the 2017 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards winners.

Personalized robot helpers act as motivator for patients

Personalized robot helpers act as motivator for patients

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Robotic helpers may be the rehabilitation wave of the future, but they won't motivate patients too unless they're able to mimic human movements, according to new research.

Telemanagement helps trim readmissions from facilities

Telemanagement helps trim readmissions from facilities

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Heart failure patients whose conditions are monitored using a telemanagement system may be less likely to be readmitted to the hospital from a post-acute care facility, according to the results of a recent study.

Robotic baby seal Paro still scoring well with residents

Robotic baby seal Paro still scoring well with residents

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A controversial robot named Paro may help reduce agitation in nursing home residents with dementia, a new study suggests.

Study finds disconnect between Facebook and Five-Star ratings

Study finds disconnect between Facebook and Five-Star ratings

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As social media becomes more prevalent, an increasing number of long-term care consumers are taking to the web to voice opinions — good and bad — about their experiences with local skilled nursing facilities.

New tech seeks to calm SNF residents having dementia

New tech seeks to calm SNF residents having dementia

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Caring for individuals with dementia often involves managing residents' disruptive and sometimes dangerous behaviors, including screaming, hitting or kicking.

Advance directive app wins big in HHS tech competition

Advance directive app wins big in HHS tech competition

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A program that allows consumers to develop and securely share their end-of-life plans with caregivers and healthcare providers is among the winners of the Department of Health and Human Services' "Move Health Data Forward Challenge."

Price wants more tech and less government meddling

Price wants more tech and less government meddling

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Physicians need to be more patient-facing, not computer-facing, according to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, M.D.

Windows create a new world for residents with dementia

Windows create a new world for residents with dementia

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Dutch designers have developed interactive art screens to help nursing home residents reconnect in a more meaningful way with family, caregivers and the outside world.

GAO: More planning needed to increase info exchange

GAO: More planning needed to increase info exchange

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When patients leave the hospital and move to post-acute care settings such as skilled nursing facilities, electronic health records and the electronic exchange of patient health information can help better coordinate patient care and reduce costs.

Walking tied to word game may boost seniors' activity

Walking tied to word game may boost seniors' activity

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An iPad-based game connecting seniors with walking is showing promise and being evaluated for a larger community trial, according to a feasibility study.

FDA publishes cybersecurity advice for medical devices

FDA publishes cybersecurity advice for medical devices

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Thanks to significant technological advances in patient care over the past decade, many medical devices are now being designed to connect to a hospital or long-term care facility's network, or even a patient's home internet service.

Epilepsy self management boosted by tablet-based tool

Epilepsy self management boosted by tablet-based tool

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One-third of people with epilepsy, or about one million Americans, have trouble controlling their seizures, even with medication. Frequent and severe seizures can severely undermine their ability to work, sustain relationships and live independently.

Where Are They Now: The Terraces at Los Gatos

Where Are They Now: The Terraces at Los Gatos

Since winning the 2013 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards in the Dignity category, The Terraces at Los Gatos in California has continued to build on its successes.

Telemedicine program offers specialized speech therapy

Telemedicine program offers specialized speech therapy

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Dementia patients as well as individuals with primary progressive aphasia can experience problems with language, struggling to retrieve the name of a grandchild or finding words to order dinner.

Technology boosts nursing home care, study reveals

Technology boosts nursing home care, study reveals

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Long-term care administrators can expect to see an even greater push to share data electronically with hospitals and other post-acute facilities, thanks to new research out of the University of Missouri.

Xbox console used to show how MS harms walking gait

Xbox console used to show how MS harms walking gait

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An inexpensive yet effective tool for assessing walking difficulties in patients with multiple sclerosis may already be sitting in many living rooms, being used for interactive video game activities such as tennis and dancing.

FDA won't regulate fitness trackers and wellness apps

FDA won't regulate fitness trackers and wellness apps

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FitBit and other fitness and sleep tracker developers are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released final guidance in July proclaiming a hands-off approach by the agency when it comes to low-risk devices for general wellness. Through this new policy, the FDA says it hopes to foster the development of low-risk products intended to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Video consultations provide boost to SNF dementia care

Video consultations provide boost to SNF dementia care

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When aggressive behavior occurs among dementia patients, nursing home staff often must resort to using physical restraints or prescribing powerful antipsychotic medications to reduce it.

Disabled and seniors connect, thanks to a new tech program

Disabled and seniors connect, thanks to a new tech program

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When Nancy Likens, director of the Soprema Senior Center and Café in Wadsworth, OH, first came up with the idea of using the café as a job-training site for volunteers from the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities in 2013, she wasn't quite sure how the two groups — senior citizens and adults with developmental disabilities -— would get along.

Video chats trim aggression for residents with dementia

Video chats trim aggression for residents with dementia

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Video chatting with relatives over the internet may reduce the risk of nursing home residents with dementia becoming agitated or aggressive, according to research out of Monash University in Australia.

Twitter can help smokers kick the habit, make more friends

Twitter can help smokers kick the habit, make more friends

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Kicking a smoking habit can feel like a lonely endeavor, but researchers in California have found Twitter's social media platform can help build a community of successful quitters.

CMS supports collection of sex orientation, gender data

CMS supports collection of sex orientation, gender data

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Researchers believe collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data will improve care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

Senate IT legislation targets red tape and interoperability

Senate IT legislation targets red tape and interoperability

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Interoperability improvements for electronic health records and reducing documentation burdens are among the proposals of a draft bill released in January by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Dementia patients helped by art-based tablet application

Dementia patients helped by art-based tablet application

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Previous research has shown that spending time together viewing art at a gallery can lead to cognitive improvements and enhanced quality of life among patients with dementia, as well as reduce caregiver burden.

States to get $3 billion for Medicaid system upgrades

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized a rule in December to permanently retain funding that helps states upgrade the technology they need to allow their residents to enroll in Medicaid.

Interactive robotic pets are calming dementia patients

Interactive robotic pets are calming dementia patients

A robotic therapy cat can help improve quality of life for people with dementia, according to a pilot study out of Mälardalen University in Sweden.

Apple's new iPad marketed with healthcare uses in mind

Apple's new iPad marketed with healthcare uses in mind

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With its November launch of the iPad Pro, Apple is working to make the tablet more accessible to the healthcare industry. The tablet features a 12.9-inch viewing surface and 64-bit processor, as well as add-on capabilities that include a stylus and detachable keyboard.

CVS signs telehealth deals, could lead to less face time

CVS signs telehealth deals, could lead to less face time

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In August, pharmacy giant CVS Health announced it will work with three leading telehealth companies — American Well, Teladoc and Doctor on Demand — to expand patients' access to physicians.

I Couldn't Live Without... NxStage System One

I Couldn't Live Without... NxStage System One

MediLodge of Howell is in a small-knit community, and Administrator Matt Cortis knows residents are the voice of that community.

3-D technology may hasten denture sizing for residents

3-D technology may hasten denture sizing for residents

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A new device that uses holography to scan the insides of patients' mouths decreases the time needed to measure for dentures from days down to mere minutes.

I Couldn't Live Without ... American HealthTech

I Couldn't Live Without ... American HealthTech

With long-term care's need for automation growing, JMS Senior Living CEO Ben Scheulen thought it was time to update his company's paper-based system. It invested in American HealthTech in November.

Standardized electronic info remains a challenge: experts

Standardized electronic info remains a challenge: experts

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An emphasis on data assessment and standardization across care settings was a hot topic at the Long Term and Post Acute Care Health IT Summit, held in late June in Baltimore.

Tablets helping seniors cross 'digital divide,' study asserts

Tablets helping seniors cross 'digital divide,' study asserts

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Recent research has shown the use of tablet computers among seniors has helped them break the "digital divide" barrier.

Data security concerns still haunt Medicare contractors

Data security concerns still haunt Medicare contractors

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Information security at nine selected Medicare administrative contractors, at least as of two years ago, was improving, but deficiencies remain, according to a report from the Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

Dates, accurate data remain problems, MDS expert warns

Dates, accurate data remain problems, MDS expert warns

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Accuracy mistakes in MDS 3.0 data may cause additional payment problems, a reimbursement expert warns.