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:
- Better Communication: Mobile messaging technology enables home care agencies to quickly transfer information to and from their caregivers working remotely in the field.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.