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EHRs Move Into Assisted Living Centers

Assisted living centers find electronic health records help them accommodate residents with more complex care needs and the staffing needed to serve them.

(Source: PointClickCare)
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6/20/2014 | 2:26:44 PM
Re: Cloud and Mobile Technologies Help Cut Costs of Legacy Software
Thanks for sharing information about Carevium EHR for assisted living facilities. As you say, cloud and mobile technologies have done a lot for this market, both in terms of bringing down the price and the complexity. Since these facilities did not get the same financial incentives (or deadlines) as healthcare providers, it's easy to see one reason they are not generally as advanced in their EHR adoption as physician practices and hospitals. But you can definitely see the benefits, both from your comments and from the example I wrote about in the article.

Paper creates a lot of drains -- nurses and caregivers spend time looking for files; they are prone to errors, and are time-consuming to create, compared with the automated templates of EHRs or other electronic forms or checklists. With cloud-based systems, assisted living centers don't have to worry about hiring a lot of experts or buying expensive hardware. And mobile apps make accessing these tools much simpler than ever before, eliminating many hours of training. 
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6/19/2014 | 8:09:54 PM
Cloud and Mobile Technologies Help Cut Costs of Legacy Software
Assisted Living centers and memory care communities had to live with paper based records for a long time as the cost of deploying and maintaining legacy software was too big for these organizations. 90% of assisted living facilities are fragmented and owned by professionals and small businesses who cannot afford the legacy investments.

Thanks to the mobile (smart phone and tablets) technologies and cloud centric computing, the cost of assisted living software has come down significantly. Even mom and pop firms can afford these solutions. Also, the software is easy to use, no need for upfront investment and no need for consulting / training either!

For instance our Carevium EHR software for resident care management in senior living industry is adopted quickly even by residential care homes with 5 or 6 residents!

Above all, consumers, i.e. family members whose loved ones are residing in assisted living centers, are asking for the deployment of technology tools and demanding access to care information on 24x7 basis.

Another factor contributing fast adoption of EHRs in the assisted living sector is the proliferation of digital health apps and monitoring devices. This helps spread the knowledge (there is an app for that!) among the caregivers, administrators and owners of assisted living homes.
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6/18/2014 | 9:12:24 AM
Re: Another example of EHR specialization
Great point, David. Long term care facilities have very specific needs that the more EHRs from big-name developers don't usually address. They also have to work across many different partners, which can include multiple hospitals if they're in a competitive market.
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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6/17/2014 | 3:33:58 PM
Another example of EHR specialization
Note that the EHRs popping up in long term care tend to be specialized products, rather than those sold into hospitals or physician's practices. One of the reasons it's so hard to achieve integration across EHRs is there are so many different needs being answered by different projects.

I recently spoke with AOD Software, which includes an EHR in its Answers product for long-term care facilities (which would include assisted living as part of a broader spectrum stretching from healthy senior communities to nursing homes). They don't expect to see EHR vendors like Epic and Cerner coming into their market niche unless one of those firms buys a specialist vendor like themselves or one of their competitors.
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