on the shores of Long Island would have to suffer through hours of traffic to reach a specialist in Manhattan. Today, that leading professional is just a videoconference call away. 5. Hospital-ready equipment comes home. In past decades,
patients had no choice but to be admitted to the hospital in order to monitor their vitals. Beyond its role in communication, telemedicine also brings patients life-saving monitoring devices, which can be used in the home or in long-term care facilities. This revolutionary equipment observes and records data just like the modern machinery you’d encounter at a world-class hospital. But instead of live nurses making their rounds, the devices send the clinical data back to a centralized online location where professionals may access it at any time. This practice has proven to improve patient outcomes, especially for facilities short on staff hoping to prevent patient readmission. 6. Residents are connecting in new
ways. Maintaining a high quality of
care is always integral to a facility’s success. But do you ever find that your patients are experiencing other issues unrelated to their physical health? We’re not talking about mental illness, but a longing for friendship and camaraderie beyond the walls of your facility. Today, there are so many online social media tools at patients’ disposal. Introducing residents to these resources can help them connect to other people across the country who may be experiencing the exact same issues as they are. Forming these support groups can be crucial to your community’s morale.
7. We’re breaking down barriers.
For so long, underserved and underprivileged communities have been denied access to healthcare due to a variety of factors. Whether it’s a language barrier or something as simple as lack of transportation, patients suffer when they can’t get help in a timely fashion. By embracing telemedicine, your facility can eliminate some of these obstacles for patients of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. A nominal fee will grant them access to diverse professionals that may be unavailable to them for whatever reason, be it financial, geographical, or otherwise. 8. Hospitals are loving it. A keen facility administrator knows how vital it is to have a strong relationship with referring hospitals and urgent care facilities. In order to set your operation apart in the oversaturated marketplace, it’s important to show that you’re taking active measures to improve clinical outcomes and increase communication.
The most prominent hospitals in your region cannot be bought or bribed. Instead, you must impress them with advanced technological understanding and top-notch resident care. Incorporating telemedicine is just the first step in forming a long-lasting partnership with the facilities that can send you quality patients. 9. Staff gets the support they need.
No matter the size of your skilled nursing facility, staff can feel isolated at times. As your nurses and caretakers work hard to keep operations humming, they can lose sight of what matters most: ongoing education and healthy, meaningful collaboration and
communication with their peers. When working with telemedical tools such as remote conferencing, nurses report greater satisfaction with their jobs and have been shown to administer an all-around superior level of care. In particular, late-night workers often become frustrated and disillusioned; but with better access to experts via technology, they’re rediscovering their love for the profession. 10. More beds filled = more money saved. Although running a long-term care facility is endlessly rewarding, it’s also incredibly difficult to stay in the green when your patients are in and out of the hospital. Telemedicine helps you protect those precious dollars by supporting your operation in all of the aforementioned ways.
In fact, as TripleCare claims, “the service typically pays for itself after a single readmission is prevented each month.” Facilities facing severe financial crises may think they cannot afford to even entertain the notion of integrating new technologies. But in reality, telemedicine is coordinating care while cutting costs in the process. Nursing homes are always looking for ways to improve patient care as well as reduce the number of hospitalizations. Potentially avoidable readmissions are a huge waste of resources and expose residents to completely preventable health risks. Meanwhile, the problem of understaffing—especially after hours and on weekends—continues to be a significant source of facility conflict. The Kaiser Foundation predicts that together we can avoid nearly 70% of hospitalizations by adopting telemedical practices. ●