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By: Laura Wasson, Executive Director of Healthcare
In the last few weeks, the coronavirus strain COVID-19 has progressed from a distant concern to a global pandemic. Schools and businesses are closing and the CDC is encouraging “social distancing”. Perhaps most importantly, this virus is testing the capabilities and protocols of our healthcare industry, which rarely faces challenges of this scope all at once.
By: Laura Wasson
No matter your relationship to the long-term care industry – resident, caregiver, business owner or otherwise – falls are a nightmare. The recovery process is painful for all involved, whether physically, emotionally, or financially.
Despite the efforts and good intentions of many stakeholders, the healthcare system in the United States continues to struggle with rising costs and an imbalance of quality and access to care. In fact, approximately 90% of today’s healthcare market is a comprised of a model, which treats patients through a disparate network of providers on a fee-for-service basis. Why should you care and what does this mean?
It’s a new world for long-term care providers, and the competition is fierce. As digitally connected children search for homes for their aging baby boomer parents, a technically inclined generation themselves, LTC decision makers have found themselves actively engaged in an amenities war. One amenity game-changer is facility-wide quality, wireless coverage – from dining rooms to individual apartments.
As residents become more tech savvy, Chateau Girardeau recognized the need to offer more enhanced technology driven amenities. In order to accommodate these changing expectations the campus was in need of a more advanced wireless network that allowed for a secure network and seamless connectivity.
Recently the story of a Texas couple who was given the wrong baby in an El Salvador hospital hit the . Luckily, both sets of parents have since been reunited with their biological babies but as a healthcare technology solutions provider, it does raise a red flag. Although this happened in El Salvador – where the healthcare standards differ from those in the United States, that does not mean it doesn’t happen here and it is more common than one would think. In fact, some experts say that 1 out of every 8 babies are given to the wrong parents at some point during their hospital stay and that in high-capacity hospitals its closer to 1 in 4 but its hard to have the exact statistics because hospitals are not required to report data about baby switching. Although most mix-ups are corrected before the family leaves the hospital – in a world and industry ruled by technology what solutions are there to prevent these mishaps.