(Photograph courtesy of Erickson Senior Residing)
In the course of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many long-term care suppliers tailored to new conditions out of necessity. Erickson Senior Residing, nonetheless, went additional and created an built-in infectious illness administration system.
For its effort, Erickson has gained the Gold award within the Innovator of the Yr class within the Senior Residing monitor of the 2021 McKnight’s Excellence in Expertise Awards. The annual awards had been introduced Wednesday as a part of the primary McKnight’s Tech Awards + Summit, which additionally featured 4 webinars.
Erickson’s system tracks data associated to the virus spreading, helped with organizing actions for the assorted places whereas many workers had been in quarantine, and located data on testing and vaccines.
“Our IDMS is giving extremely correct visibility and element into the circumstances that we’re monitoring, the quarantines we’ve got in place and what impact which may have on a enterprise line,” Chief Data Officer Hans Keller mentioned. “It’s actually having the ability to present actionable information into the palms of those that want it most.”
The hardest a part of preserving the system going was the fixed evolution of information concerned, Keller mentioned. The platform that helped them get it operating, Amazon Net Companies, was altering and rising. So was the world’s understanding of COVID-19, pushing Erickson to proceed creating its system.
“What we work on is at all times altering,” Keller mentioned. “However how we work, and the relationships we create with the parents we’re working with, that’s the place the significance actually lies. That creates a greater consequence.”
The fixed adjustments affected how the corporate approached isolation and quarantine. Additional growth of the system helped Erickson sustain when new data got here in.
The supplier additionally was capable of make households, residents and workers really feel safer and safer with the system in place. Firm leaders mentioned it helped everybody do their jobs higher.
“Once we put this in folks’s palms, they had been overjoyed,” Keller mentioned. “It permits them to focus extra on offering care, the operations they wanted to do and the choices they wanted to make. …It was so enthusiastically acquired. Everyone simply praised it.”
Different Innovator of the Yr awards within the Senior Residing monitor:
- Silver: Louisville, KY-based Atria Senior Residing, for its neighborhood an infection administration system, which operates as an infection-tracking instrument.
- Bronze: San Francisco-based Covia, for Agora, an accessible conferencing platform that schedules occasions, tracks individuals and manages applications.
Learn concerning the Innovator of the Yr class winners within the Expert Nursing monitor on the McKnight’s Long-Term Care News web site and within the Dwelling Care monitor on the McKnight’s Home Care web site.
See a listing of all 2021 McKnight’s Excellence in Expertise Awards Senior Residing monitor finalists here.
Sponsors of the 2021 McKnight’s Expertise Awards + Summit program are Consensus, iN2L, Medline and SimplyConnect. To view the awards presentation and recordings of the webinars, go to mcknights.com/techawards2021.