Rehab programs will experience a major infux of medically complex patients, including those with neurological conditions, in the coming decades. The drastic increase is being spurred by an aging population. For instance, stroke prevalence is expected to rise by 21% by 2030, and more than 1.2 million citizens are projected to have Parkinson’s disease.
This leaves rehab leaders with one signifcant question: What can be done to prepare for the increase of medically complex patients? By evolving to meet the needs of this changing population, rehab programs can successfully meet the challenge, providing patients with the highest level of care while achieving greater performance standards.
In this whitepaper, we’ll examine the three areas that drive the greatest impact on treating medically complex patients: • Clinical staff • Tech innovation • Patient and family member experience
Research has demonstrated enhanced technology can improve communication between patients, families and care providers, improve motivation, and has the potential to effect better outcomes and higher levels of patient satisfaction. Additionally, better technology also makes the workplace more appealing to employees.
With the investment and complexity involved, how can health systems utilize technology in the most efficient and effective ways to drive business results?
A rehab program is only as good as its staff. Acquiring, retaining and keeping rehab talent engaged is critical for
program effectiveness. Staffing issues can burden providers with additional costs and make it hard for them to
deliver a consistently high quality of care, but there are key strategies to help relieve the staffing burden.
The medical industry is facing a growing talent shortage. Recent estimates predict that America will be short of
more than 130,000 doctors by 2025.1 Specialized departments will suffer especially high shortage rates.
If healthcare providers want to minimize the impact of this shortage, they must optimize their recruitment and
retention practices. This guide details the best strategies for making that happen.
Many healthcare providers are seeking support from dedicated rehabilitation partners. Receiving support from a third-party team of rehab experts enables healthcare providers to reach the highest levels of performance in this niche and highly-regulated space. While the landscape has never been as challenging, there is also great opportunity. When identifying a rehabilitation partner, there are five key qualities that indicate long-term success.
This article outlines how rehab partners can support healthcare providers, the key qualities to look for in a partner and the top questions to ask a potential partner.
The use of wristbands to identify hospital patients has been a standard practice for well over half a century. Handwritten, typed or printed, wristbands were originally created to provide an easy way for caregivers to verify identity at any point along the patient’s healthcare journey. From newborns in the delivery area to geriatric patients in rehabilitation, everyone got a wristband. And that’s how things worked until the introduction of barcode technology.
By putting barcodes on hospital wristbands, healthcare facilities can leverage a host of connected technologies to improve safety and quality of care. It’s also the most effective way to comply with the National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) to “Improve the accuracy of patient identification,” which the Joint Commission has included in its annual goals since 2003.
Studies indicate strong patient and family engagement in clinical care positively contributes to a favorable experience, as well as improved health outcomes and reduced costs. Learn how incorporating technology into patient engagement initiatives can better position providers to overcome the challenges of today’s healthcare environment.
In today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment, providers are faced with more challenges than ever when running acute rehabilitation programs. From treating the right patient at the right time to costly reimbursement battles, there is no shortage of issues that can interfere with delivering the best level of care. Addressing these problems is especially urgent when it comes to treating highly acute patients. To succeed, providers must learn strategies for overcoming the two most daunting obstacles: patient access and reimbursement. This guide examines the best practices for meeting these challenges.
With greater emphasis being placed on care
transitions and readmission rates, inpatient
rehabilitation programs have the incredible
potential to become high-performing centers
of excellence that optimize the performance
of the entire hospital. Rehabilitation is so critical
because it is key to patient recovery for medically
complex patient populations that continue to grow
as the population ages, and essential in reducing
readmissions and associated financial penalties.
However, maintaining a well-run rehab unit is
complex and requires specialized expertise.
Throughout its operations, Broadlawn Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has embraced technology as a means of enhancing resident safety and independence, and staff productivity. The facility had been a satisfied user of STANLEY Healthcare’s WatchMate wander management system for many years, but in 2010, Vice President of Senior Services Gerard Kaiser and his team embarked on a review of Broadlawn Manor’s wander management needs and took the decision to migrate to a new generation of technology with greater functionality.
Read this case study to learn how Long Island Nursing & Rehabilitation Center achieves more accurate, convenient and efficient wander management with RoamAlert® Solution.
Mobility is sweeping across the enterprise. Consider a company like Kindred Healthcare, which has boosted the productivity of its rehabilitation therapists and the accuracy of its patient records through the use of mobile devices.
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