MHealth And Home Care Companies

Learn Why Mobile Matters for Home Care Companies

The first Baby Boomers are entering their 70s, and they’re taking an arsenal of smart phones, tablets and wearables with them. More than any previous generation, Boomers are embracing the latest technological trends, accessorizing with fitness trackers and, increasingly, receiving medical care remotely on their mobile devices.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the biggest ways mobile technology, as it pertains to telemedicine, impacts your home care company – both from a patient perspective and from an agency perspective.

What’s Behind the Boom in Home Care?

The Baby Boomer generation is one the largest consumer populations in the country. As the oldest members of this demographic begin to require some level of ongoing medical care, many are choosing to stay at home rather than relocating to a retirement community. Advancements in telemedicine, and more specifically mobile health (mHealth), are making it easier than ever.

Going Mobile: mHealth for Home Care Agencies

Clearly, telemedicine and mHealth are improving the quality of care for seniors who receive in-home care. The advantage of this technology doesn’t stop here. Mobile healthcare tools aid home care companies in delivering services more efficiently, reducing paperwork, enhancing communication between caregivers and giving clients peace of mind. Some of the main benefits of mobile health technology include:

  1. Better Communication: Mobile messaging technology enables home care agencies to quickly transfer information to and from their caregivers working remotely in the field.
  2. Compliance Assurance: Some mobile applications can actually improve compliance because they offer caregivers a convenient checklist to more easily keep track of patient care plans.
  3. More Efficient Scheduling: Tracking and reviewing schedules is easier and decreases discrepancies within the caregiver’s schedules. Client care plans are easily viewed and tasks can be simply checked with notations directly on the schedule.
  4. GPS: Verifies check-ins and outs, minimizing missed visits.

Smarter Technology, Smarter Home Care

MatrixCare Home Care is a powerful software solution providing home care and home health companies with a fully HIPAA-compliant platform for exceptional care delivery. As today’s home care consumers continue to embrace advancing telemedicine and mHealth technology, today’s home care companies must do the same. For more information about MatrixCare Home Care, including solutions for client and caregiver management, scheduling, mobile care and more, contact us today.

Joe Kraus

Joe Kraus has spent the past eighteen years focused on home care automation as both IT manager and vendor. As Director of IT for FirstChoice Health Care and later as VP Information Systems for Home Care America, he selected and managed technology for these multi-site, regional providers. In 1999 he founded Stratis Business Systems which designed, marketed and supported the Visitrax (1999-2008) and Soneto (2009-Present) home care software solutions. Before home care, Kraus developed financial software for General Electric and is a graduate of GE’s Information Systems Management Program. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Caregiving Youth (www.aacy.org). Kraus has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.