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Smartphone apps for seniors and caregivers

Documenting care at a facility
Documenting care at a facility © Kiselev Andrey Valerevich/Shutterstock.com

Documenting care at a facility

Senior living facilities have historically had problems with documentation, an issue the new regulatory environment has escalated. Caremerge helps staff, doctors, hospitals and family keep abreast of patient care through real-time reporting, says CEO Asif Khan.

"Health care is one of the highest regulated industries in the U.S.," he says. "There is a lot of paperwork for compliance and reimbursement, and the workforce is not highly skilled. That's a bad combination. It's tied very closely to litigation, because if the documentation is not straight, they can't prove anything."

Caremerge creates a mobile base that can be used with any smartphone or web browser, says Khan. It allows caretakers to press a button when a patient procedure is completed instead of having to remember to fill out forms later.

Auditors love it, he says, because it makes compliance easy with minimal staff. It also complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, says Khan

A related family app keeps relatives up to date on how Grandma is doing; staff can even shoot a photo of her and upload it.

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