Bringing mHealth & EHR to Long-Term Care

A report on Long-Term Care by the U.S. Commission in 2013 stated that the number of people in the United States dependent on long-term care is predicted to increase from 12 to 27 million by 2050. This large increase in patient numbers will place a heavy burden on long-term care providers who will be tasked with keeping track of the growing patient population.

LongTermCare Although technology is becoming more widely accepted in the medical field, only 17% of U.S. assisted-living and residential care communities are using electronic health records (EHRs) according to a data brief released by the National Center for Health Statistics in September of 2013. This presents a huge market for long-term care focused EHR, telemedicine and mHealth EHR developments.

CareMinders Home Care of Buckhead is one long-term care provider ready to adopt such technology to improve their existing services.

CareMinders Home Care of Buckhead

CareMinders of Buckhead is a medical and non-medical home care company that works to professionally and compassionately help elders stay independent.  As one of only 8% of home care companies nationally that have been awarded The Joint Commission Accreditation, CM of Buckhead is committed to the highest quality of care available which fosters peace of mind among all family members.  Through a highly trained and experienced staff led by a Director of Nursing with more than 39 years of caregiving and case management experience, the care provided to families is unsurpassed.

OneCare has recently partnered with CareMinders Home Care of Buckhead to provide the opportunity for both individuals and their families to be even more engaged in the positive outcomes of their health.

OneCare‘s technology was developed to ease the burden that chronic illness places on an individual and their family members. By making it easy to compile, view and even track multiple health-related values such as blood pressure and glucose, people begin to get a better idea of their overall health picture. In addition to a centralized dashboard, the OneCare platform allows users to invite other people to have access to any or all of their information, including their doctors.

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Within the system itself, a user has the ability to set specific goals, schedule tasks and even initiate email, text or phone call notifications for those tasks. For example, an individual with hypertension could be instructed by their doctor to record their blood pressure twice a day for two weeks. The person can schedule this task within their OneCare account, notify themselves that a task is due soon, notify a family member if they failed to take the reading, and even notify a care provider if a value is recorded as abnormally high or low.

In addition, the platform has integrated many devices to simplify the process even further. Activity trackers from companies including Fitbit and Withings are directly linked, allowing data to be directly synced with the OneCare system. Other devices include wireless glucometers, blood pressure monitors, weight scales and even pulse oximeters.

CareMinders Home Care of Buckhead has recently developed working relationships with several Independent Living Facilities where they will house on-site offices.

The idea is to offer residents a program that includes the benefits of nursing services through use of OneCare’s Platform.

Proposed Plan Offerings:

  1. Initial setup
    • Create OneCare account
    • Risk assessment
    • Fill out all health data
    • Connect family members to OneCare account
    • Setup any purchased devices
    • Enroll into any selected programs
  2. Data entry (appointments, changes in diagnoses, medication changes, etc)
  3. Care Plan Activities
    • Education
    • Welness Programs
    • Medication Management
    • Fall Prevention Strategies
    • Setup any purchased devices
  4. Progress updates and feedback
  5. Use of an on-site clinic monitoring station (for BP, weight, etc)

Plan Benefits:

  1. Daily monitoring for peace of mind
  2. Weekly or daily contact to prevent social isolation
  3. Motivation and support for a healthy lifestyle
  4. Professional oversight for disease states like hypertension, diabetes, CHF and Alzheimer’s
  5. Keep family in the loop and fully engaged
  6. Keep medical team apprised of any changes or concerning medical readings
  7. Real-time intervention when necessary

The first plans will be offered August 1, 2014 in conjunction with the opening of a brand new independent living facility in the Atlanta area. Agreements for offering the joint plan in additional communities are already being developed. Since this is one of the first offerings of its kind, there is a huge potential for growth as the adaption of technology is just beginning to enter the long-term care industry.

Both OneCare and CareMinders Home Care of Buckhead are excited about the potential the relationship provides for the full continuum of home care and oversight so that loved ones are able to enjoy independence for even longer.

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