Technology

Integrating mind, body and spirit

Integrating mind, body and spirit

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As technologies continue to develop, our residents' needs also change. The need for a computer lab is waning as our residents are starting to be more tech-savvy. Life enrichment teams in long-term care must come up with new ideas of how to embrace technology.

Is technology radical, or just common sense?

Is technology radical, or just common sense?

Wandered through the exhibit hall at a senior living conference lately? Technology is meandering fast and furiously into the world of senior living; it's coming from all angles. Thumb through any McKnight's publication, wander aimlessly through the above mentioned trade show exhibits, listen to nursing home pundits talk about the future and it's clear: Technology is everywhere!

Overcoming the barriers to technology in long-term care

Overcoming the barriers to technology in long-term care

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It's no secret that long-term care has been behind the curve when it comes to technology adoption. We keep telling people to invest, and providers respond that there is no money. But it's a little more complicated than that.

More than 85% of healthcare CEOs say aging population and evolving technology will transform the sector, survey shows

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Long-term care providers seeking to leverage new technology are part of a much larger trend: 86% of global healthcare CEOs believe that tech will fundamentally transform the sector in the next five years, according to a new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

McKnight's Online Expo to include session on technology

How long-term care providers are using, and can learn, technology is one of the topics covered in the McKnight's Online Expo technology session.

McKnight's Online Expo a month away

The McKnight's Online Expo will take place March 26 and 27, with five webcasts from long-term care leaders.

Playing tennis, and the 'what if?' game

Playing tennis, and the 'what if?' game

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Watching the Australian Open tennis tournament, where temperatures have been hovering around 110 degrees, has helped my recovery from the recent polar vortex. It's also unexpectedly prompted me to reflect on the aging process and to imagine myself residing in a long-term care facility.

Providers embracing technology bring in honors in second Tech Awards program

Providers embracing technology bring in honors in second Tech Awards program

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The second annual McKnight's Long-Term Care News Excellence in Technology Awards begged the question: How can you compare to last year's storied winners?

Last day for the Tech Awards

Submissions to the second annual McKnight's Tech Awards are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards deadline is July 31

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The deadline to enter McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards is in six days. Independent judges will award gold, silver and bronze award in five categories: Quality through Technology, Dignity through Technology, Innovator of the Year, Transitions and the High Tech/High Touch award.

What Blockbuster has to do with long-term care

What Blockbuster has to do with long-term care

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Let's start at the beginning and be very, very clear: innovation is not technology. Innovation is a mindset, a willingness to take a risk and change the way you run your business. In other words, a company doesn't innovate by adding technology on top of existing business processes — it innovates by changing those business processes, often with the help of technology.

Benefits of apps support senior tech-trend

Benefits of apps support senior tech-trend

New research and tablet-based apps products are shedding greater light on seniors' growing use of technology and its benefits.The key to seniors embracing new technology and realizing the benefits is the design and functionality of the product or platform. Touchtown Resident Apps has large icons and text, easy navigation and allows individuals or communities to customize the apps to what they find most beneficial.

McKnight's 2nd Annual Technology Awards deadline fast approaching

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Long-term care providers should be taking advantage of the next two weeks to pick projects, programs or systems to nominate for recognition in the second annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards program. There is no cost to enter and a wide array of types of both high- and low-technology are expected to be recognized in the five contest categories. Click on the headline above and then the link in the second paragraph to learn more or enter.

This is for long-term care providers with dedicated employees

This is for long-term care providers with dedicated employees

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If you're a long-term care provider, there's no way you can spend your days doing nothing. It's simply impossible. You know it and we know it. So now here's one more thing for you to d

Virtual visits make seniors happier

Virtual visits make seniors happier

At Capri Senior Communities, we are always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for our residents. Today it's more important than ever. Senior living providers are dealing with changing demographics: the population is aging and older people are entering retirement communities at a later age, but, while demand for these communities is growing, the market is increasingly competitive.

A chance to make your staff very, very happy

A chance to make your staff very, very happy

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It's your turn to risk having an excited staff. Starting today, the second annual McKnight's Excellence In Technology Awards program is officially underway.

60 seconds with ... Audrey Weiner, DSW, MPH, president and CEO of Jewish Home Lifecare

60 seconds with ... Audrey Weiner, DSW, MPH, president and CEO of Jewish Home Lifecare

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Q: You've been using technology in novel ways at Jewish Home Lifecare. What's the key to getting seniors to use technology to help improve their care? A: If the technology is too overwhelming, the elder's not going to use it. We've got a 70% compliance rating in terms of people who say they're going to use it every day or every other day and actually do. The reason is, it's simple.

April 9 McKnight's webcast targeting technology and dementia now available in archive

April 9 McKnight's webcast targeting technology and dementia now available in archive

Technology holds the promise of a new model of engagement for persons with dementia. This was a key message delivered at an April 9 webinar examining the challenges and opportunities that applied technology has to offer such residents. During the broadcast, Dr. Judah Ronch from the Erickson School delivers a comprehensive overview, while Juliet Holt Klinger shares results from a pilot study at Brookdale Senior Living's communities. This free McKnight's webcast was originally broadcast live on April 9, 2013. It is now available for re-viewing or by others wanting to see it for the first time, by entering the registration page.

How technology can enhance relationships

How technology can enhance relationships

There has been a trend of late to refer to specialized care of individuals with dementia as "memory care." I understand the need for a quick, catchy title for a new product or service line in long-term care, but I worry about the message it may send and the mind set it might create in management, families and employees. Here's why.

Eric Miller named technology director for Status Solutions

Status Solutions announced that Eric Miller has joined the company as its director of technology. Miller's new role as leader of the innovation team includes responsibility for development, IT, solutions management and customer support.

MDI Achieve announces pharmacy integration

MDI Achieve announces pharmacy integration

MDI Achieve announced that MatrixCare is now integrated with several leading pharmacy service firms. These include Omnicare, PharMerica, and FrameworkLTC.

Tech-savvy nursing homes improve care coordination and resident privacy, researcher states

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Health information technology helps nursing homes coordinate care and protect resident privacy, according to a leading researcher on the impact of health IT.

Embracing new technology

Embracing new technology

It is no secret that the long-term care industry has been a relatively late adapter of technological advancements. But interest from vendors, provider demand and a growing number of tech-savvy residents are helping to change the landscape.

A strategy for success: Connecting clinical and financial outcomes

A strategy for success: Connecting clinical and financial outcomes

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In order for your facility to survive and thrive, it's imperative to stay ahead of this ongoing tsunami. In the long-term care market, a successful strategic plan connects clinical outcomes to financial outcomes and vice versa.

Changing market dynamics present new opportunities

Changing market dynamics present new opportunities

A convergence of regulatory and market influences are triggering a wave of mergers and acquisitions in the long-term care (LTC) industry. This convergence presents new opportunities and considerations for operators of all sizes. The dollar volume in LTC mergers and acquisitions jumped to $16.3 billion in 2011, up from $12.1 billion in 2010, according to The Health Care M & A Report from Irving Levin Associates, a healthcare research and information firm.

Technologies for helping the elderly and disabled to be featured at Institute of Medicine workshop

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The Institute of Medicine will host a workshop Wednesday that will focus on current and emerging technologies that can help seniors and disabled individuals live more independently. Among the highlights will be the unveiling of an updated LeadingAge "Ernesto" video focusing on assistive technologies. One of the keynote speakers will be Joseph Coughlin, director of AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who also was a top speaker at the LeadingAge annual convention in October. The daylong event can be attended in person in Washington or watched via live video webcast.

C3: The Company-Consumer Convergence

C3: The Company-Consumer Convergence

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After spending last week in Washington, DC for the mHealth Summit, I was fully immersed in all the expected catch-phrases: engagement, education, integration, and mobility.

Healthcare summit: Best practices for mobile health implementation in focus

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Providers, policy makers, financial and technical experts and more will be highlighted at the 2012 mHealth Summit, which takes place Monday through Wednesday in a Maryland suburb of Washington. Best practices will be the focus of this fourth annual event, which is sponsored in part by the Health Information Management and Systems Society and the Foundation for National Institutes of Health. Conference sessions "will explore, examine, and debate the ways mobile technology is transforming healthcare delivery, research, business and policy for the 21st century," organizers emphasize. In addition to keynote speakers and educational sessions, more than 400 exhibitors will showcase their innovative devices, services, applications, tools and related solutions.

Technology, autonomy important to CCRC residents: report

Technology, autonomy important to CCRC residents: report

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The incoming continuing care retirement community resident is healthier, more technologically savvy and increasingly informed, a new report suggests.

Mission completed! Clues to the future of aging services

Mission completed! Clues to the future of aging services

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Many of us in the industry were at LeadingAge 2012 two weeks ago, where we saw a captivating collection of innovations in aging services. But after reading so much booth signage and hearing about so many companies' missions in this space, I came away with a new idea about predicting the future.

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