How Has Technology Advanced Home Care?

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When you think of healthcare, you probably think of physicians, hospital visits, and value-based care delivered directly to the patient in need. These components are important and make up the sector. However, as technology improves, the idea of healthcare is shifting.

Of course, we frequently touch on the idea that new digital tools are making its way into the everyday operations that physicians carry out. Hospitals are adapting to digital transformation, with tools like EHR, that put doctors in a position to successfully engage patients.

The different trends that we see in this industry don’t always have to do with digital. With the digital age, also comes a mindset that strays away from traditional beliefs and creates new methods and strategies found through the various relationships in the healthcare industry. One, in particular, has been said to be increasingly popular among the baby boomer generation.

“The trend is clear among the baby boomer generation: in-home care is overtaking hospital care when it comes to treating illness,” Vbjusa reports. 

Patient Care Is Not Just For Hospitals

In-home care simply means that specific operations that doctors carry out in the hospital, can be done in the privacy and protection of someone’s home. In-home care has made a splash in the healthcare sector, and some say, it even has the ability to replace the majority of hospital care

Since technology has permitted physicians to perform their job faster, people are spending less time overnight in the hospital. Once taken home, they can receive care from their home. Not only does technology make this more possible, but people prefer to be home as quickly as possible while in need of care.

“What we’re seeing is quicker discharges from the hospital and nursing facilities,” said Randy Dalton, vice president of Home Health Services at Community Home Health & Hospice. “People want to be out of the facilities and back home faster.” Vbjusa reports. 

So, why do patients prefer their home? The answer may be obvious. Many patients want to be around their families, and in a comfortable setting. But, does a patient’s home match the tech tools that the hospital offers?

For the most part, in-home care helps the elderly and people with disabilities. Caring for these individuals is made possible through innovative technology that has advanced over the years.

Technology Helps Advance Home Care

“In the United States, home care accounts for about 3 percent ($68 billion a year) of national health spending,” McKinsey reports.

Technology has helped push digital tools to the forefront of the home care industry. Different tools have become more sophisticated like internet-enabled home apps, telemedicine and even allowing patients to be mobile with tools like electronic wheelchairs. The goal of these components is to enable patients to stay inside their home, as opposed to being institutionalized.

Robotics has been also the talk of home care after a Washington D.C. based company created a robot that can assist seniors with home care needs. The robot can help look for things in the dark, call for help, carry things and even call loved ones. If you are worried your loved one will need help navigating the bot, you can access it through an app, which puts family members at ease.

This robot comes at a time where in-home-care companies are looking for new tools to help senior citizens when it comes to home care. The tech trends are only going to expand, and this industry will increase as well.

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