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The future of long-term care.

Some call it the "2030 problem." By 2030, a majority of the baby boomer generation MD have passed the 65-year mark--an estimated 71.5 million people. According to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, the number of older adults with disabilities is expected to more than double between 2000 and 2040, which means more than two-fifths of those aged 65 years and older will require assistance with basic activities of daily living (ADIs). A large number of those individuals will end up receiving that assistance in long-term care facilities, the bulk of them around 2030. Nursing homes are trying to decide where to best place investments now in order to meet the challenges ahead.


Many hope that technology, particularly the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EH Rs), will help nursing homes weather these challenges without sacrificing quality of care for residents. John Sheridan, President and CEO of eHealth Data Solutions, says that technology is a key component to the future of successful long-term care strategy--but only if it is used in a meaningful way.

"The rumor is that we're in the last mile of creating electronic health records. That may well be true. But that mile just takes us to a destination, to a mountain, if you will," says Sheridan. "It's our Mount Everest and we're going to try and climb it. It's the mountain of using data appropriately. It's the mountain of using analytics and medical informatics to motivate critical thinking and problem solving. It's the mountain of care that has to be climbed for each resident, so that all needs are met while they're in the care of your facility. We have to recognize that to embrace the future we're going to have to cultivate a culture of evidence and analysis. That's what it's all about. And that's what we're working towards."

Whether a particular client manages one or one hundred campuses, Sheridan and his team at eHealth Data Solutions have worked diligently to build meaningful, effective tools like CareWatch[R], RiskWatch[R], UBWatch[R] and their pilot Survey Watch[TM] to help their clients provide the best evidence-based, high-quality care to the residents living in long-term care facilities across the country. But the eHDS team is not just focused on the present. It is keeping a close watch on the horizon, to make sure that the tools remain meaningful and current today, in 2030 and beyond.

The future is coming; the best nursing homes are preparing for it now. Here's how eHealth Data Solutions is facilitating those preparations.

You don't have to be a professional athlete to know that players don't go into a game without a set of planned plays designed to meet any challenge. Coaches spend countless hours creating and modifying the plays, and players spend weeks and months practicing the plays, adjusting them for specific opponents. The winning teams are usually those who have the deepest understanding of game strategy and the ability to make winning on-field adjustments. This is the concept behind the eHealth Data Solutions ePlaybook.

The "plays" included in the eHDS Playbook are strategies to improve effectiveness in optimizing reimbursement through data accuracy and completeness. Effectively collecting and using data will help any organization achieve accurate documentation, complete reimbursement, full census, superior survey compliance and continuous quality monitoring. These are the goals behind the eHealth Data Solutions ePlaybook.
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Author:Sheridan, John
Publication:Long-Term Living
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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