2022 Nursing Home Tech Trends
After the pandemic spread, tech has been embraced everywhere to meet the challenges faced by nursing homes. Despite the challenges the pandemic has brought, this can lead to more positive changes in nursing homes. This has rapidly sped up the digitization of the healthcare industry, providing more accessibility and convenience for everyone involved in the industry.
Technology has never failed to prove how crucial it is for the healthcare industry to remain resilient in a time of trials and challenges. Therefore, these upcoming nursing home tech trends are highly anticipated and being predicted by many experts.
Before discussing the nursing home tech trends, it’s still important to have insurance against nursing home liability since it guarantees the most protection for the residents, staff, and the nursing home itself. Nursing home liability usually holds a nursing home accountable for death or injury when its management or employees should have taken the initiative to prevent the incident from happening.
So, what’s to be expected within this year?
According to experts, starting in 2022, the following five nursing home tech trends will emerge and become mainstream:
Healthcare and Socialization Robots
This may seem a notable trend, but 2022 may be the pioneering year for healthcare and socialization robots. It sounds too good to be true, but engineers have already begun developing AI systems for robots specifically designed to help socialize and care for the elderly. Some robot models can even express emotions and dance with seniors simultaneously, always alert and ready for any emergency.
Monitoring Software and Devices
Monitoring devices have already been around in the healthcare industry, usually in the form of a necklace. And this time around, it’s more advanced than ever to think that a smartwatch can allow a senior to monitor their vital signs in a detailed manner, call for emergencies, and help them stay fit. With these devices becoming more and more common, more technologically-advanced features will develop in the future.
Personalized Medicine and Genomics
The majority of treatments and medicines are typically developed for most patients at the expense of the minority. Researchers have designed trials with efficacy in mind, with the highest number of patients with the lowest percentage of side effects. One drug company has joined forces with a digital health company to create personalized diabetes monitoring tools that offer recommendations for exercise, diet, management of illness, and many more. Furthermore, there’s no question that individualized monitoring tools will become more prevalent and cater to other types of diseases as the year’s pass.
Telehealth has multiple benefits, and it provides convenience and accessibility. Patients can continue with their specific treatment through telehealth if they’re in medically-required isolated situations. By removing the physical distance, one can pursue social distancing when needed, without being restricted by physical distance. Telehealth services have several advantages, including convenience, cost savings, and the ability to provide care to people in remote areas or with limited mobility.
In addition to making staff feel confident, the increased accessibility will also benefit patients and families.
With the rise of advanced technology in the healthcare industry, there will also be an increase in energy efficiency initiatives that will come along with it. Energy efficiency is more than just sustainability; this also benefits nursing homes in saving money and offering high-quality care to residents at any time and anywhere.
What to Know About Exploring New Teach or Enhancing Technology
Experts recommend that nursing homes have their staff involved in decision-making and implementing new technology. They also suggested that nursing homes upgrade their network and capacity as soon as possible. Doing so opens the door for more technological opportunities such as voice assistance, content streaming, emergency calls, etc. It’s key to stay up-to-date to give a desirable resident experience.
When technological changes remain consistent and constant, it’s only time that trends will pop up and become mainstream. These trends will heavily influence nursing homes and increase the opportunity of providing for the needs of the elderly and improving their quality of life at the same time. Nursing homes need to stay current with the latest trends in order to offer the best care to residents.
Are you ready for these predicted nursing home tech trends?
About Midwest Insurance Group
Midwest Insurance Group is a risk retention group developed by Caitlin Morgan Insurance Services in response to the unique needs of the healthcare industry, particularly that of senior living facilities. With rising premium costs and difficulties in obtaining coverage from the traditional professional and general liability insurance market, Midwest Insurance Group represents a viable, long-term insurance alternative for the senior living sector, giving members complete control over costs and claims management. Midwest Insurance Group is reinsured with Lloyd’s of London, and A rated by Demotech.