As new technology is introduced into the lives and care of older people at a rapid pace, new groups are being formed to try to evaluate it.
The company recently announced that a major live technology service provider, Enseo, is forming a new advisory committee to help provide feedback on best practices and future technology needs.
The five-member committee – a mix of technology and senior living and care experts – will meet regularly starting next year, the company said.
“they [the advisory committee’s] “The insight will help Enseo drive effective digital solutions that take the burden off caregivers and provide fun and ease for residents,” Enseo CEO Corey Rhodes said in a statement. “Seniors are more comfortable with smart technology, and they expect it. Our hope is to make taking advantage of smart features in senior housing easier than ever before.”
The need to assist long-term care providers with technology is important, as the sector is often slow to adopt new technologies, sometimes abandoning certain services or programs altogether, McKnight Long Term Care News I reported on skilled nursing providers earlier this month.
Although the technology Enseo provides to long-term care operators is fairly broad, including TV and Wi-Fi, other groups are examining specific categories of new technology tools, such as artificial intelligence.
Dandelion Health began a program earlier this year designed to evaluate AI programs in healthcare and identify where potential biases exist.
In recent months, both government agencies and independent researchers have presented potential frameworks and guidelines for the responsible future use of artificial intelligence and other new technology tools aimed at caring for and caring for older adults.
Much of this analysis is more general, but the Senate Special Committee on Aging recently addressed current concerns about artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, which may require more immediate adjustments or awareness among older adults and caregivers.