Seniors Housing Business

AUG-SEP 2015

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64 www.seniorshousingbusiness.com Seniors Housing Business n August-September 2015 industry, supplying communi- ties with its QuietCare product, passive sensors designed to detect falls and movement and predict anomalies based on past behavior. For example, if a resident sud- denly starts going to the bathroom multiple times per night, that could be the sign of an impeding urinary tract infection, a condition that can trigger dementia in the elderly. The company is now adding vital signs monitoring to its portfo- lio. "The remote patient monitor- ing and sensor worlds are collid- ing," says Price. "With hospitals getting dinged for readmissions, skilled nursing facilities are being told that they won't get referrals from the hospitals if they don't bet- ter control their patients' health." Trial tests spread In August, the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbe- ing began testing Care Innovations' RPM products. The California- based group is tied to the Front Porch Communities, a collection of independent living, memory care and retirement homes. In an earlier test of remote blood pressure monitoring using 90 indi- viduals spread across four sites, Front Porch found a statistically relevant decrease in blood pressure among participants. Individuals indicated they were more aware of their blood pressure and were tak- ing better care of themselves. This August, two residents in its Kingsley Manor assisted living home in Hollywood began a RPM trial, with that number expected to increase to 10 by November. "We want to see how RPM will work if someone can call in via video link and remind the resident to take his or her medications," says Davis Park, Front Porch's director. "A lot of our residents do not want in-person visits from care provid- ers. We believe that remote patient monitoring will be a major player." Philips has been selling RPM products for 12 years to individu- als as a way to avoid moving into assisted living or skilled nursing and instead age in place longer. But Philips also believes that its prod- ucts can help assisted living com- munities get more referrals from hospitals once the healthcare facil- ity sees how concerned the assisted living community is in maintaining its residents' good health. In addition, Philips believes that its new, sophisticated software will help convince the assisted living market to take a look at RPM. Two systems to become one "The RPM industry has had pretty basic software," says Manu Varma, Philips' senior director of Ideal Life's patient portal, shown on a portable device, left, allows patients to easily access and track their vital signs using the company's own MyVitals application. For example, by clicking on the "Blood Ox" icon on the portal, users can easily access a graph, right, showing their oxygen saturation and heart rate levels over time. Healthcare providers can track patients' vitals using the mobile version of Ideal Life's clinical portal, center. CONNECTING GENERATIONS. College students in today's Student Housing apartments are very demanding users of Internet and cable. We've been able to keep them satisfed - more often even thrilled - while vastly growing our subscriber base year after year. With all that knowledge and experience, we're now tackling the Senior Housing market. excellent service and customer support all-inclusive • internet • tv • voice e l a u w i t .co m • 8 0 0 - 9 4 8 - 5 8 74

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