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Past, Present, and Future of Social Work and Technology Christy Rakoczy

September 26th, 2013 | 0

past-present-future_zoom_1The face of Social Work continues to change as technology expands and grows. As it is accepted more and more in the profession of Social Work, it can help to improve a variety of different aspects of social work.

In the realm of advocacy, letter writing and phone calls are still utilized, but more contemporary means  include using websites and blogs, e-mails to law makers, and the employment of social media. As we move into the future, social media campaigns will continue to be a crucial means of advocacy and the use of videos can help to provide images that encourage people to take action.

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Absence of Comparable Data for Families Seeking Assisted Living Facilities Christy Rakoczy

September 6th, 2013 | 4

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Some of you may have recently read my post from last week entitled, “A Close Look at the Assisted Living Industry – And What You Should Do About It.”  In the article I highlighted that the absence of comparable data for families seeking care is a core issue facing those in need of any type of long term care.

Assisted living facilities provide a solution for seniors who are not able to live entirely on their own but who do not want or need the round-the-clock medical care that is provided in a nursing home. Assisted living facilities can allow seniors to maintain a broader degree of independence and to live in a more home-like setting as compared with the more institutional setting of a nursing home.

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#OPFollowFriday These #HiSum Innovators on Twitter Gabby Mujal

August 16th, 2013 | 0

opFFLast week, Rock Health (@Rock_Health) organized its third annual Health Innovation Summit (#HiSum) in San Francisco. With more than 400 individuals in attendance — physicians, investors and entrepreneurs — the summit represented a range of sectors from the healthcare industry. The summit included visits to the offices of leading digital health companies, interactive discussions and care provider feedback, as well as demos of new products of services. OpenPlacement (@OpenPlacement) had the privilege to be in attendance and partake in the activities.

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David Lindeman, PhD, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Daniel Danzig

August 15th, 2013 | 2

DavidLindermanThis month’s Health Care Trailblazer, David Lindeman, PhD, is an influential leader in the field of aging and technology. In recent years, he has focused on help to speed the adoption of mobile technologies.  New devices and apps are transforming health care — not only by supporting transitional care and reducing readmissions —  but enabling patients to remain in their own homes even while dealing with difficult to manage chronic conditions. Recently, we caught up with Dr. Lindeman, who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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4 Reasons Why Healthcare Can’t Afford to be Antisocial Christy Rakoczy

August 5th, 2013 | 2

SocialMediaFrom Facebook to Twitter and Pinterest to LinkedIn, everyone is quite literally all atwitter about social media. Why? It is not just to learn about how to create a great tablescape for your next dinner party, or to see the pictures from last week’s birthday party. It is, in fact, because these sites are the newest and greatest marketing tools and they are right at everyone’s fingertips.

Those in healthcare and medicine have largely avoided social media. This is the greatest mistake any organization in any industry can make. Healthcare organizations should, and must, start using social media in order to become a part of the current conversations and to start new ones. Without a social media presence an organization may as well not exist. Those shunning social media as a marketing tool are missing out on the very best way to make their organizations well known and to create a positive online presence and public perception.

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A Case Managing Tablet? Christy Rakoczy

July 29th, 2013 | 1

TabletAs technology continues to improve its applications within social work and healthcare are proving to be infinite. Most recently, the emergence of a system utilizing tablets has helped case workers to save time and increase productivity exponentially.

Northwoods’ Compass CoPilot is the program being used to change the face of case management. Adapted from the company’s Compass software, it is compatible with Android tablets.

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5 Apps to Facilitate Health Care Transitions (Guest Post) Marcela De Vivo

July 5th, 2013 | 1

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When I was 36 weeks pregnant, a routine ultrasound landed us at the office of a perinatologist, who proceeded to tell us that our unborn baby had a severe brain malformation that was incompatible with life.  He explained that there was a 1 in 20 million chance that our child would survive past 1 year old.

My son, Nathan, will soon turn 7 years old.  He is our miracle child.  He defied all expectations, and is a happy little boy who loves the world.  Unfortunately, the brain malformation has caused a myriad of medical problems, from respiratory to immune to orthopedic issues.

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Silicon Valley Boomer Summit Recap Fiahna Cabana

July 2nd, 2013 | 0

Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 2.36.28 PMThe 2013 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit held at Santa Clara University on Wednesday brought together big names in healthcare and venture capital for an event that captured innovative products and services along with cutting-edge technology for the aging community. In addition, the program was designed to guide entrepreneurs to think through a business.

The boomer summit, now in its 10th year, has allowed for a hub of investors, entrepreneurs and companies creating technology to ease the burden and worry that comes along with aging. With new technologies now available to elderly customers, seniors can age more comfortably, live longer and age much more independently with a richer quality of life.

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Infusing Technology into Discharge Planning Gabby Mujal

July 1st, 2013 | 0

twchatLast Thursday’s #dpcomm integrated insightful questions and comments by @OpenPlacement and social worker @EBelluomini. The chat examined the intersection between technology and discharge planning and ways for the two may be inextricably and successfully linked.

@EBelluomini offered websites, apps, and tools available for both discharge case managers and patients. Patients with dialysis, for example, may explore this link. This app combines engaging activities for patients to use while receiving dialysis treatments. iTunes also offers an app known as COPD Tracker to help patients manage their health condition. Another tool mentioned by Ellen was Central Logic Connect, a patient discharge software that allows a case manager to follow up with patients at home and offers discharge recommendations. You may find more information here.

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