Home Care Technology
Maintaining the highest level of independent living is a key goal for many individuals whether they are recovering from an illness, living with a chronic disease, or aging in place. Environmental barriers in and outside the home are often critical deterrents to maintaining that independence. Modern technology is producing medications and systems that allow our citizens to live longer healthier lives. Technology can bring services to individuals, rather than the individual to services.
Technological advances have also facilitated the expansion of home care. Intravenous infusion technology, radiography, ultrasound, feeding pumps, ventilators, pulse oximeters, hand-held blood analysis devices, and other technologically advanced devices, once found only in the hospital, are now relatively commonplace in the home and expand the capabilities of home care and the ability of the house call physician to provide quality care in the home.
Imagine being able to push a button and call a trained professional 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Not just for emergencies, but any time you have a question or concern. Now you can. Interim Connect is a unique way that Interim HealthCare integrates technology into the delivery of care.
The issue of unnecessary hospital re-admissions is front and center in today's conversation about health care. One of the top reasons people are re-admitted to the hospital is due to missed medication doses or taking the wrong dose of medication.
The Health Resources Services Administration defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.
Slips, trips and falls are a major cause of concern for the infirm and elderly, especially for those living alone. Hundreds of thousands of people are found helpless in their homes because of falls every year. It is not uncommon to hear of persons who have fallen, and due to inability to move, have spent hours or days on the floor until they are found.