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People who use the services of home care agencies often move among many different care settings over the course of their lives. But their health information rarely moves with them, according to The Future of Home Care Technology, a report from Aging in Place Technology Watch.
The report, which shares findings from a recent survey of home care managers that was sponsored by Philips, a CAST sponsor, Microsoft and LivHome, suggests that non-medical home care, home health care, and geriatric care management organizations are only beginning to make the most of technology.
As a result, information about individual clients is not yet passed effectively or electronically between the various locations a care recipient may visit.
Survey findings showed that:
The Future of Home Care Technology recommends the creation of a Home Care Information Network (HCIN) to help home care agencies communicate better with families and health care partners. The HCIN would use a secure portal to transfer information about client conditions, medications and care status.
A similar portal could also link informal caregivers to the formal care system.