The significance of software, tools and solutions has increased during these crucial days of coronavirus. Emerging technologies have been changing the ways humans look at technology. For senior care too, movement tracking sensors and online medical appointments have particular proved to be beneficial for boomers. Especially amid COVID-19 pandemic, there are some tools that have taken on even greater importance.
Since older adults are particularly susceptible to the virus, this has put a greater impetus on healthcare providers to leverage technology for communication and deliver care. There is still a need for many developments in the senior care space that are necessary in a wide range scenarios.
Some of these are:
- Virtual Visits
In a scenario like the COVID-19, where it is not safe for senior citizens to step out, a virtual visit by a doctor becomes important, before visiting the hospital or even to learn whether there is a need to visit the hospital. Telehealth in senior care has especially been growing and with expanded health and medical reimbursements. This financial support has boosted the adoption and familiarity with new tools. The evolution of chatbots helps more and more patients connect virtually and receive care from a distance. Experts believe that this involves rethinking the whole way in which healthcare providers interact with patients and care takers.
- AI to improve monitoring
In senior care, it is very important to account that the health of the patient can change any minute and can be highly unexpected. Data also suggests that one such even happens every second in US. Here, sensors become very important. These preventive tools monitor movements and weakness and even alerts the doctors immediately.
Artificial Intelligence can push the limits of this technology. IT can be integrated into these smart devices and even smart rooms at their homes or senior care centers and record unusual behavior that can indicate health risks in advance. For example, since motion sensors can detect activity, something change like long bathing time or higher sleeping hours can be tracked and indicate intervention.
- Updating to new needs
Experts suggest that since senior care infrastructure is not similar to the general healthcare, leaders must consider innovating applications that prove to be most beneficial for older adults, during the time of designing the roadmap.
There are many senior citizens who can use smartphones flawlessly and even use tele health, but there is also a vast majority of seniors who are frightened to use technology and even hesitant to try anything new. IT leaders must ensure that there is robust IT infrastructure planning and support while implementing new projects that are beneficial to all.