Innovation and Technology
70th AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo
Long-term care involves a vulnerable, under-served population. Local providers are so busy with clinic and hospital care that they often cannot respond to skilled nursing facility requests as quickly as needed to avoid an emergency room visit, adding greatly to the expense of care. In addition to unexpected expenses, residents in skilled nursing facilities often suffer discomfort and disorientation when transferred out of their home setting for medical services, hindering wellness and healing.
Telehealth adoption in nursing facilities has been limited, despite the potential benefits of better serving the healthcare needs of older adults. Through telehealth, long-term care residents are connected to providers at a virtual health center using intuitive technology. Facility staff access the technology and working with the remote provider, accurately assess a resident’s condition from hundreds of miles away. This innovative health care concept keeps resident care to close to home, reducing medically unnecessary transfers while improving continuity of care and ensuring earlier treatment for acute conditions. Interdisciplinary team functions, such as medication reviews along with admission support, discharge support and advance care planning can also be coordinated virtually.