Technology in aged care should go beyond just eliminating filing cabinets, according to Australian Ageing Agenda. Recent innovations in information technology have shown what is possible in the aged care sector, but legacy technology continues to be a barrier.
Technology in the aged care industry has already come a long way and continues to mature. What started as an effort to go paperless soon evolved into improving access to critical data at any time using electronic health records (EHR).
In that time, the aged care industry has come to understand the business potential of qualitative collection, use and delivery of data for both residents and staff. This has also moved technology discussions to ways of leveraging disruptive technologies, such as the Cloud and the Internet of Things, to further enable facilities and carers.
Recently, the Federal Government announced plans to invest $485 million to take medical information online and revive its eHealth scheme. An initiative like this would help to mobilise and connect healthcare professionals Australia-wide regardless of location, particularly at multi-site aged care facilities.
Innovation through planning
With all of the advancements in technology, it is time for the aged care industry to think beyond merely eliminating physical documents and filing cabinets. As facilities continue to digitise and paper dwindles, staff are now becoming increasingly dependent on technology.
A growing number of facilities have introduced smartphones and tablets to improve connectivity and provide access to a wider range of resources for aged care residents. Wearable devices, such as wristbands to smart watches, have provided staff with accurate, real-time monitoring of residents’ wellbeing, ensuring they are properly taken care off without the need for regular check-ins.
While aged care facilities are embracing new and transformative technologies, in many cases end-user demand and data growth is becoming unsustainable under existing delivery methods. Legacy solutions may not have the necessary performance capabilities, meaning any new implementations become unnecessarily difficult and expensive to manage.
Instead of providing a better level of care to residents, new solutions and services running on outdated technologies can become a hindrance. That is why it is important to first think about the backbone that will support end-user innovations instead of merely focusing on their investments.
Connectivity with reliability
Aged and healthcare facilities can meet the needs of both residents and workers with fast and reliable technology infrastructure. BTAS Connect can bring fast fibre-powered WAN and Internet powered to your village, while BTAS Network is end-to-end network management for peace of mind.
Symmetric connectivity of BTAS Connect means uploads are equally fast as downloads, so you’ll be able to add high quality content to the Cloud within minutes. High speed broadband also means you do not need to worry about the reliability of your file transfers or the availability of the Internet.
BTAS Network is designed to not only manage your network, but also secure it. Our Network Operations Centre (NOC) will proactively monitor your network, ensuring you remained focused on running your village and not distracted by the running of technology.