Long-Term Care & Technology: Stakeholder Perspectives
Healthcare assessment and monitoring technologies are relatively novel tools for long-term care (LTC) facilities that must prepare for and cope with the burgeoning of the older adult population and inadequate and dwindling staffing resources. To date, the degree to which stakeholder groups in these settings would be receptive to the implementation and use of these technologies has been poorly investigated. Stakeholders in LTC settings include residents and their primary family caregivers, registered and licensed professional nurses, certified nursing assistants, physical and occupational therapists, facilities maintenance staff, administrators, chief financial officers, and governmental agencies that supervise these facilities. Without a sound understanding of these stakeholders' views, attitudes and beliefs about said technologies, implementation and utilization of these cost-effective health assessment and monitoring tools will not realize its full potential.
Focus groups are being conducted to develop exploratory hypotheses regarding consumer acceptance of healthcare assessment and monitoring technologies in LTC facilities. The specific aims are to:
- Explore consumer acceptance of wearable sensors, environmental sensors, and audio/video monitoring by various LTC stakeholder groups.
- Explore aspects of these novel technologies that would facilitate or hinder their implementation and use by the different LTC stakeholder groups.