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Nursing Homes and E-Health

Nursing Homes and E-Health
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Author(s): Shuyan Xie (University of Alabama, USA), Yang Xiao (University of Alabama, USA) and Hsiao-Hwa Chen (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 20
Source title: Healthcare Delivery Reform and New Technologies: Organizational Initiatives
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Matthew Guah (Claflin University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-183-6.ch018

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Abstract

A nursing home provides skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services to people with illnesses, injuries or functional disabilities, but most facilities serve the elderly. Nursing homes provide various services for different residents’ needs, including daily care, assistance for the mentally disabled, and drug rehabilitation. The levels of care and quality of care provided by nursing homes have increased significantly over the past decade. The trend is toward continuous quality development and resident satisfaction; therefore, healthcare technology plays a significant role in nursing home operations. This article discusses general information about current nursing home conditions and systems in the United States and explores how technology and e-health help improve the nursing home development based on the present needs and trends. The authors also report on Thomasville Nursing Home, discussing current trends in nursing home technologies.

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