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Home Health Care & Technology: Exploring the Benefits and Challenges

May 9, 2022 · 4 minutes to read

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Technology has transformed all areas of life, including healthcare. New medicines and tools have certainly changed how doctors diagnose and treat patients, and technology has helped improve home health services as well.

While home health technology can greatly benefit agencies and individuals providing home health care services, it is not without its challenges. Here we look at the pros and cons of using technology in home health care businesses.

Benefits of Home Health Care Technology

Technology can help improve home health services by enhancing patient and provider safety. Covid-19 pushed many home health providers to embrace tech during lockdowns and help reduce infections.

Patients may be eager to continue the convenience of virtual appointments (telehealth) and wearable devices that monitor their health. These tools could also help busy home health aides and agencies provide services to patients who require less in-person care.

Tech is also becoming an essential part of caring for those with chronic conditions or disabilities. Wearable monitors and digital record systems that send updates to doctors or other medical professionals in real time can help care providers spot issues sooner and quickly adapt treatment plans.

Technology could also transform your admin tasks, making it easier to run and promote your agency. You might consider apps or software to help manage:

  • Hiring staff
  • Scheduling
  • Payroll
  • Invoicing clients
  • Filing business taxes
  • Website creation
  • Social media advertising

Home Health Technology Challenges

For all its benefits, there are significant challenges that come with using technology in a home health care business.

You may think your small business is safe from the attention of cybercriminals. However, small businesses are more frequently attacked than big companies because they often have fewer security measures in place, making them an easier mark for phishing scams and other malicious attacks.

Having your patient data compromised is a serious issue. You could be fined for violating HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) while also needing to pay to repair the breach and the damage to your professional reputation.

Protecting Your Home Health Care Agency

There are many steps you can take to help improve your small business’ cyber security to protect you and your patients. You might decide to:

  • Only access patient data from secured work devices, never from personal or unsecured ones.
  • Never connect to an unknown or unsecured wi-fi network, even in a patient’s home.
  • Educate yourself and your staff about common phishing scams so you can avoid falling for them.
  • Use a password manager to create and store more secure passwords.
  • Talk to a cyber security expert.
  • Have a risk management plan for what to do if an attack or breach happens to protect patient privacy and minimize damage to your reputation.

Home health insurance is another way to protect your small business. You may be required by law to have certain types of coverage, such as General Liability insurance. However, you can also choose a Cyber Liability policy to shield yourself from legal costs related to phishing, viruses, malicious software attacks, and data breaches.

Cyber Liability insurance typically covers:

  • Your legal fees related to a data breach or loss
  • The cost of notifying customers of a breach
  • Credit monitoring
  • Fines you are ordered to pay

Technology has made getting home health insurance easier than ever. With BizInsure, you can compare quotes, find policies that fit your needs, and buy—all in about 10 minutes!

Letting Technology Work for You

As technology continues to improve home health services, your small business may find more ways to let it work for you. From helping monitor a patient’s vital signs to making tax time less stressful, the benefits of home health care technology for home health aides are virtually endless. How you choose to use technology in your home health business will depend on your needs, preferences, and budget.

 

*As with any insurance, coverage will be subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions contained in the policy wording. The information contained on this guide is general only and should not be relied upon as advice. The number of quotes provided varies between products, occupations and other underwriting factors determined by the insurers.

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