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Using visual indicators to improve Aged Care

17 Aug 2017, MOQdigital Marketing

Health & Aged Care

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Visual indicators improve outcomes in health and aged care by providing clutter free, easily accessed data for practitioners and patients alike.  

Integrated Care Planning focuses on coordinated, easily integrated care provision. Helping reduce the fragmentation of many health services, this allows patients to be involved and informed of their care plan. In turn, this enhances the use of visual indicators.  Visual indicators have the ability to:  

  • Improve how practitioners read patient information 
  • Allow patients to interpret their care systems better 
  • Offer carers a greater understanding of healthcare approaches and necessities 
  • Provide staff and employees with easily read visual guides regarding care, data acquisition, and other information 
  • Acquire greater collaboration between services, providers, and patients 

This is useful for the delivery of management and organisation services, as well as diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and general care. Better integrated care improves outcomes for all care facilities, including aged care. A health status and progression overview can be obtained with visual indicators becoming an essential part of planning and integrated health care. Illustrated patterns of health and activity allow for better monitoring and for more accurate adjustments to improve overall care. Visual indicators can also help identify needs and discover emerging patterns in behaviour and health. This can be done manually or via IoT devices and monitoring.   

 Visual indicators in aged care 

Aged care is a health service that offers its unique challenges. Patients are generally not technologically savvy, and the use of visual indicators allows the practitioner to involve them in their integrated care plan, providing better long-term outcomes.  

Studies show that users who utilise visual indicators, especially those that vary in colour, are up to 40% faster at finding and interacting with IT items. This is true across multiple demographics, showcasing how more visual forms of delivery can benefit:  

  • Individual end-users 
  • Practitioners  
  • Point of Service Staff 

The options for integrating visual indicators into integrated healthcare are endless. However, they must be managed appropriately. While these indicators are useful and practical, they are better used to showcase certain types of data – such as those that display progression over time, comparative costs, and engagement improvements. They are extremely useful for comparisons from one-quarter to the next, showcasing just how much things have improved or where issues need to be addressed.  

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