How Hospital Tech Can Help Elderly Patients
According to Dr. Gary Small, featured in the New York Times’ Article “Elder Tech: What’s Important”, devices for the elderly should have to have “simplicity of use”. For the upcoming generations of healthcare, the question of how to properly take care of aging patients has become pronounced. In the hospital room, technology to help patients may make the experience much more efficient and comfortable. For the elderly, this technology may make the experience much more bearable, particularly when the technology is simple enough to quickly adapt to.
One mindset which gadget-makers have caught on with in the “elder-tech” department is the minimization of visuals and buttons. Laurie Orlov, founder of the marketing firm Aging in Place Technology Watch, likened this to giving a grandmother “a camera connected to the Internet”, rather than the whole computer. While this simplification of functions may seem opposed to improve technology, its core tenant of making things that can be easily adaptable by the public, especially in places like the hospital room, the landmark of great design.
Similarly, Forbes recently published an article proposing that elder care will “become the next billion dollar technology opportunity”. Particularly, by applying technology, the article supports, the health care industry could save millions. For example, by using body sensors, the FCC was able to find that the costs of hospital born infection were reduced by approximately $12,000 per patient.
With simple, easy-to-use interfaces, RistCall’s devices are fully equipped to be used by elderly patients. The intuitive design of RistCall wearables ensures that the time it takes to understand the device is minimal. With customizable settings, RistCall can quickly accommodate for the needs of its user. After its fast setup, RistCall can be placed on patients of any age to plan for the best and most efficient care possible.
One of RistCall’s key features is in its automatic fall detection capabilities. Once a patient has fallen, RistCall will automatically detect the incident, without needing the patient to call for help. Gone are the days of the infamous “I’m fallen and I can’t get up”, as the article in Forbes pinpoints. Another one of RistCall’s embedded features is its Periodic Alerts system. If a patient hasn’t placed a call to a caregiver within a length of time, the device will automatically place one. This allows caregivers to have more access to the status of their patients and to determine action accordingly.
Stabiner, Karin. ‘Elder Tech – What’s Important’. New York Times. December 21, 2010 12:28 PM. ‘http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/elder-tech-whats-important/’
Wolf, Michael. ‘Here’s Why Elder Care May be the Next Billion Dollar Technology Opportunity’. Forbes. August 14, 2014. http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelwolf/2014/04/24/heres-why-elder-care-may-be-the-next-billion-dollar-technology-opportunity/
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