Part V: The Pursuit of Humane Technology in Health Care

Matthew D Edwards and Brent Willett, President of the Iowa Health Care Association, discuss opportunities for humane technology to improve care and increase interaction with caregivers and family for patients in long-term care.

Show Highlights
In the fifth episode of this series, Matthew D Edwards and Brent Willett, President of the Iowa Health Care Association, discuss opportunities for humane technology to improve care and increase interaction with caregivers and family for patients in long-term care.

Key Takeaways
  • How patient vitals collected in electronic charts can be mined for predictive diagnostic care and planning, and how COVID-19 has created urgency for this technology to improve care and the spread of infectious diseases.
  • How wearables can protect patients from a security standpoint but also improve their quality of life and care by providing real-time insights on their vitals.
  • Monitoring devices that educate, remind, and confirm health care programs can be a game-changer for long-term care patients to remain in their homes.
  • Identify activities, such as sorting medication, to enable caregivers and nurses more 1:1 time with patients.
  • Providing more dignity in the dying process by using technology to connect them to loved ones and reconnect them to their past.
  • How the roles of chief information security officers and privacy officers are evolving in order for the organizations to remain compliant as new technology is adopted.
About Our Guest

Brent Willett is President & CEO of the Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA). IHCA’s more than 1,000 member organization spans the continuum of long term services and supports health care in Iowa. In his role, Willett is responsible to the IHCA Board of Directors for overseeing the strategic vision for IHCA and the Iowa Health Political Action Committee. 

IHCA and its affiliates and divisions, the Iowa Center for Assisted Living, Iowa Center for Home Care, Iowa Center for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care, Extended Care Services of Iowa, and the Iowa Health Care Foundation, serve the long-term services and supports the profession as a nonprofit trade association.
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