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    Technology And Long-Term Care Management

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    Technology has come a long way from just being something with considerable potential benefits to an indispensable tool for all
    long-term care providers. The application of technology is an important and growing aspect in the field of long-term care. As technology grows, it continues to be more flexible, easier to use, and usually less expensive. Potential future applications include improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the care provided, and supplying needed information to consumers, policy makers, and researchers.

    Why do you think technology is important to long-term care? Support your answer with relevant examples. Discuss the pros and cons of the implementation of technology in long-term care. What are some ways in which technology improves the type and quality of care received by long-term care consumers?

    What are some of the benefits from the implementation of information technology for providers, consumers, and the long-term care system? Do you agree or disagree it is important for there to be a commitment by top management for the use of information technology in long-term care to be successful? Why?

    1. What challenges and opportunities are future long-term care managers likely to face?
    2. What skills do these managers need to meet these challenges and opportunities successfully, and how can they acquire these skills?
    3. Suggest ways in which long-term care managers can act proactively to improve the overall system.

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    Technology is vitally important to long-term care, due to the fact that improving the technology that is used in providing medical and assisted living services to long-term care patients, will make long-term care facilities much more efficient and effective at providing the care that their patients need. Any improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of providing high-quality long-term care, will inevitably improve the quality of life of the patients that are being served by this facilities. Improving the quality of life of the patients within long-term care facilities, should be one of the primary goals of these facilities, and allocation of the use of technological advancements would greatly assist these facilities in achieving their primary goals. An example of a technological advancement that has been implemented into long-term care facilities, is improved computerized monitoring devices that can simultaneously monitor the activities within the living quarters of long-term care patients, so that staff can be alerted the instant that an emergency situation arises. Another good example would be the advanced portable defibrillators, which can be stored in several locations within a long-term care facility, and provide staff with the benefits of the use of this ...