Technology

Using technology to improve care, reduce costs

Using technology to improve care, reduce costs

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At Maimonides Medical Center, 24 frail older adults were taught to use laptops so that they could manage their health information from home. The technology facilitated communication between patients and providers and improved the quality of life of participants.

One week away: 12th Annual Online Expo nearing record numbers

One week away: 12th Annual Online Expo nearing record numbers

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New attendance records are expected to be set at the 12th Annual McKnight's Online Expo next week during the five-webinar virtual trade show.

These 3 won't happen

These 3 won't happen

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There's nothing quite like a new calendar to get media types acting like story forecasters. What might be more helpful is a brief list of things that won't be taking place.

Long-term care operators, meet Jan Brady

Long-term care operators, meet Jan Brady

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Middle daughters around the world still relate to the fictional Jan Brady's exasperation with her TV big sister — "Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!" So too should long-term care operators. But instead of being jealous of an older sibling, this field's indignation might be better directed at nearby hospitals.

Three things that won't happen in long-term care during 2018

Three things that won't happen in long-term care during 2018

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Last week I offered three fearless predictions for the year ahead in long-term care. So without further ado, here are three predictions every long-term care operator can count on. As in, count on NOT to occur.

3 bold predictions for the coming year in long-term care

3 bold predictions for the coming year in long-term care

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There's nothing like a budding new year to awaken that urge in scribes to warn better-informed readers what to expect. It must be some kind of occupational hazard. So in the spirit of not always being right but never being in doubt, here are three predictions you can take to the bank.

This smart pill is hard to swallow

This smart pill is hard to swallow

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Reading the disturbing news in McKnight's about the ingestible digital antipsychotic pill that tracks patient data has me all befuddled. I wish I could swallow a pill that would tell me how to feel about it, and what it means for the future of our society and world.

How nursing homes can put themselves out of business: skimp on tech

How nursing homes can put themselves out of business: skimp on tech

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When you read between the lines, the troubling message in a new study is this: Skilled care operators had better stop being tech cheapskates — before it's too late.

28th Annual NASL meeting around the corner

Organizers are putting the final touches on preparations for the 28th annual meeting of the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care, which will be held Oct. 15-17 in Las Vegas. Registration is ongoing.

Technology and the senior ethical terrain

Technology and the senior ethical terrain

One of the tasks of gerontology schools, nursing facilities, senior living facilities in an increasing geriatric society must seek ways of linking high-tech inanimate objects with value rituals of seniors.

ElderTech: Ideas from a tech exhibit

ElderTech: Ideas from a tech exhibit

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I was at the nursing station the other day when some unusual cracking noises caused me to look up from my documentation. A very old, petite lady was sitting in her wheelchair popping bubble wrap. She wore the same contented expression that comes over virtually everyone popping a sheet of bubble wrap.

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.

 Saved by the bad apples

Saved by the bad apples

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Personal phone technology is creating headaches for long-term care facilities, as a few dumb staff with the judgment and moral clarity of hamsters continue to ruin it for the rest of us.

Two tech developments you won't want to miss

Two tech developments you won't want to miss

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Technology has been a true game-changer in long-term care. That's why it gives me such great pleasure to announce that the 2017 McKnight's Technology Awards contest will kick off Thursday (May 11).

Value-based care success requires patient adherence and the right technology

Value-based care success requires patient adherence and the right technology

Across healthcare, organizations are faced with the challenge of adapting long-standing workflows and care routines in order to succeed under new value-based care models.

An internal challenge that's far worse than mission creep

An internal challenge that's far worse than mission creep

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Navigating those so-called easy forms often turns out to be about as effortless as walking across the Amazon Jungle with just a machete.

The robot revolution

The robot revolution

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Every once in awhile, I come across a research report that falls into what I like to call the "duh" category. These are the studies that announce the "scientific breakthrough" of something that just seems to me like common sense. The latest study to trigger my duh alarm came with this headline: "Senior citizens may accept robot helpers, but fear robot masters."

Technology troubles hitting close

Technology troubles hitting close

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We like to assume that healthcare workers are a trustworthy bunch, especially when they're entrusted with caring for people's' loved ones. But manipulation of data, from patients' records to medication logs, seems to be a trend. What happens when a case of electronic data manipulation hits closer to home?

Online Expo, free CE credits around the corner

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Providers have an outstanding chance to polish their knowledge and skills in three key areas of long-term care Wednesday. McKnight's 3rd Annual Fall Online Expo features nationally respected speakers addressing staffing, payment and quality delivery issues. All events, including up to three continuing education credits are free.

Angels (with great connections) in our midst

Angels (with great connections) in our midst

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The ability to make a senior feel a part of the outside world can mean the difference between having a catatonic lump or a bon vivant on your hands. Luckily, there's never been a better time to overcome mobility issues.

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.

Answers about your top 5 technology challenges

Answers about your top 5 technology challenges

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I've learned after many years of covering long-term care that certain things are sure to arouse providers' anger — over regulation, under payment and reckless media accounts among them. What provokes fear is even easier to identify: technology.

Smart cards would do little to curtail Medicare fraud: GAO

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Medicare beneficiary smart cards would have a limited impact on reducing fraud and could even introduce "new, more sophisticated fraud schemes," a new report by the Government Accountability Office concludes.

MDS 3.0, pressure ulcers push Expo to record highs; sessions conclude today

MDS 3.0, pressure ulcers push Expo to record highs; sessions conclude today

There are a lot of swirling questions why certain residents develop pressure ulcers, which remain a costly and critical issue for long-term care providers, a leading wound care expert noted Wednesday.

ONE DAY TO GO: 9th Expo tackles rehospitalization rates, pay worries, pressure ulcers

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McKnight's 9th Annual Online Expo kicks off Wednesday, and organizers are bracing for record numbers of attendees.

Annual McKnight's Online Expo returns March 25-26

Annual McKnight's Online Expo returns March 25-26

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The 9th Annual McKnight's Online Expo will take place March 25-26 and again offer up to five free continuing education credits to attendees. Registration is ongoing.

How to become a champion of technology

How to become a champion of technology

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Organizations that focus on innovation shared insight on how to evaluate, implement and measure the success of technology. And to help you in your efforts, they highlighted areas to be cautious.

Improving resident safety and efficiency

Improving resident safety and efficiency

Families trust us to keep their loved ones safe and to provide top-quality care. Some days are more hectic than others, and on those chaotic days, the Real-Time Locating System helps us function efficiently as possible.

Too late: Change is here for long-term care

Too late: Change is here for long-term care

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If someone were to complain that long-term care has become a "same old, same old" scene, you might be inclined to agree. Staffing, reimbursement, over-regulation — they're all ongoing challenges — well, OK, outright problems. And they're not the only ones. But things clearly are not the same.

Aligning talent for Affordable Care Act compliance the focus of Aug. 13 webcast

Aligning talent for Affordable Care Act compliance the focus of Aug. 13 webcast

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The Affordable Care Act presents providers with many challenges, including some that aren't being well met yet. A McKnight's webcast on Aug. 13 will discuss the fundamentals needed — including strategy, data and technology — that can help your organization stay ahead.