Home monitoring is the wave of the near future. To reduce costs and hospital readmissions, and most importantly, to ensure the continuous safety and health of our elderly, home monitoring is increasingly important to a variety of providers including hospitals, community health centres, home caregivers, nursing agencies and many others. Pillar works in tandem with care providers and a variety of technology companies to help design and implement home monitoring.
Many factors go into assessing if home monitoring is right for a particular elderly care organisation and will require a top-to-bottom review of clinical practices, business operations, human resources, patient load, and other factors. However, we do know that home monitoring can allow care providers to reduce costs by redeploying staff to other, more critical areas, can lreduce the continuous presence of nurses or caregivers in one’s home continuously, and can provide an additional revenue stream. If an organisation is feeling a cost pinch it just can’t seem to get under control, home monitoring may be the way to go.
For home monitoring to be successfully implemented, many factors will have to come together. An effective home monitoring system needs to provide the right type of monitoring with the right technology to ensure appropriate data is collected and sent through the healthcare system in a timely manner. This ensures that the right people are seeing monitoring data in real time and making appropriate care decisions. As such, a home monitoring system depends on the type of organisation needing home monitoring. For example, a home care provider may wish to have basic monitoring such as whether an elderly patient is sleeping, eating as scheduled, toileting, and meeting medication requirements. A hospital, however, may need a much more complex home monitoring system given the wider variety of monitoring needs it is likely to have.
The best way to get started with Pillar is to provide a basic profile of your elderly care organisation, the types of challenges you are facing and the objectives you would like to achieve in the short-term and long-term. From there, we will schedule an in-person meeting to further understand your elderly care organisation the challenges you face and the opportunities we can capitalise on. Once we have gathered the relevant information, we will propose a project plan that will identify the best path forward (that meets the objectives given by you) given your objectives. This will likely go through two to three iterations. After a plan is accepted by your elderly care organisation, we will sign an agreement for the services and technology products proposed in our plan.