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Are nursing homes modernizing fast enough?

by | May 3, 2022 | Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

Technological advances have modernized the healthcare industry in numerous ways. Along with advances in medicine and surgery, changes to how clinics and hospitals collect and keep information have advanced thanks to electronic record-keeping.

Despite these advances, many nursing homes remain behind the times. This can affect day-to-day operations, but it can also limit the quality of care residents receive. Here are a few ways that nursing homes can modernize to ensure their patients have the best care possible.

Why modernizing care is so crucial

Nursing homes often coordinate their care with nearby hospitals and clinics when patients require additional support. Exchange of information is key in this case, as the coordinating hospital must have all relevant patient info to make an informed decision about their care. Electronic record-keeping allows facilities to send and receive information instantaneously, which is not possible with paper copies and outdated tech like fax machines.

Integrated patient data ensures thorough care, but it also ensures timely treatment of illnesses and medical conditions. By having access to essential records, all healthcare providers can make efficient, informed decisions about those in their care.

How nursing homes can create a more supportive environment

Upgrading to electronic record-keeping systems is a major step in the right direction when it comes to modernizing nursing facilities. This requires investing in new technology that makes the treatment process more efficient.

Standardization is another important factor to consider. A standard process prevents errors and helps everyone remain on the same page from department to department. It also makes it easier to retrace one’s steps should an issue arise. Accordingly, those in the medical industry call for a push towards more advanced technology and a step away from paper documents and filing.