As innovation continues to drive success within the home health care industry, it means seniors may be gaining opportunities to remain home and get adequate care. Increasing numbers of monitoring devices are making it easier and more affordable for aging men and women to monitor their health and, perhaps more importantly, to have licensed medical professionals monitoring the information provided through these devices.
Advancing technology essentially leads to faster communication. This allows doctors and nurses to monitor patients in real time or through other communicative portals. By improving speed, dependability, and reliability, it means growing numbers of seniors and disabled adults will be able to stay home and be monitor as opposed to other options.
Bluetooth technology is also becoming an integral part of the home health care sector. By utilizing the fastest communication technology combined with Bluetooth technology, more devices mean more opportunities for growing numbers of aging seniors to remain home as opposed to nursing home care.
As noted by Medical News Today in the blog, Hypertension: Home-based care may be the future, written by Chiara Townley:
“Researchers combined several innovative strategies to create the program. Firstly, the Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure device automatically transmitted the measurements into the electronic medical records of the participants.
Each individual also had access to nonphysician “patient navigators” who had received training in how to use specially designed clinical algorithms. Specialists developed these algorithms, which help assess the person and ensure that they are receiving the correct dosage of medication.
Although this pilot study produced excellent results, the team hopes to be able to scale up the program in the near future to make sure that the method will continue to work over a more extended period and that it can be effective in other groups of people.”
With automatic transmission of data and other information, people can go about their lives and not be so consumed with monitoring, as they had been in the past.
Also, this increasing speed and reliability of technology and communication might open pathways to other services elderly men and women may require. By utilizing home care aides and even visiting nurses more effectively, it can expand opportunities for more people to remain at home, where they are most comfortable, even as they deal with chronic or long-term care health issues.
With the advent and increased range of communication technology, new developments in digital technology and innovations will likely follow, as they’ve been coming during these past several years. This could continue to transform the home care landscape and offer more seniors an opportunity to live life to its fullest from the comfort of home.
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