Bolstering nursing homes with Information Technology

Technology > IT

Nursing homes are one of the most important structures in the US, as it caters to the wellbeing of the elderly and the retired. There has been a lot of improvements of these facilities in recent times, with better equipment as welll as better facilities to better cater to all of their needs. Recently, a study shows that nursing homes that are adopting more advanced IT technology show improved quality of care for their residents. These are actually quite specific in nature and show the usefulness of the use of this technology in this field. 

These improvements range from decreased reports of moderate to severe pain, urinary tract infections and patients with either new or worsened pressure ulcers. These are because of the better incentivization of health care providers in both hospitals and ambulatory care. They also see a better increase in efficiency from the use of federal funds to better adopt IT to different parts of the world. Most of the time however, nursing homes are generally forgotten as part of this program, although there has been a lot more focus as people are seeing the benefits of bringing more effort as well as data into account here. An example of this is how IT systems support health information exchange and to better access the electronic health records bt cre providers across settings. Gregory Alexander, a professor of clinical informatics at Missouri University states "We already knew that information technolgoy can help create better care outcomes, but this study helped us see which technologies improve which elements of care. As IT capabilities and extent of IT use improved in nursing homes, we saw an associated decline in urinary tract infections, aong other corrrelations."

This could indeed help out nursing homes all over the country. Alexander states that further research into this matter might provide more uses of IT in the healthcare sector as well as nursing homes. This could help administrators and other leaders to make better decisions about how to design and to implement new information systems.