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IT Healthcare: The Industry Impact on the Road to Recovery

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Posted by Byron Dillard, CEO – EPIC Paradigms Group, LLC

I’ve got mixed emotions in penning this blog but felt compelled to speak to it given my experience and privilege in providing support to friends that are on the road to recovery.  While I’m proud to have worked closely with families close to me in overcoming tragedy – the privileged moments – I regret that the experience called me into service for these tasks.

Over the past 3 years I’ve had to work with friends whose families had to deal with the debilitating affects of Multiple Sclerosis and a car accident.  While the latter is more attached to the unfortunate prospects of everyday life and having more demanding mobility requirements to be engaged with others, the outcome was the same – having two friends that lost their capacity to interact family at one hundred percent…

As I endeavored to support both of these extended families, I was encouraged by the gains in Healthcare IT… As many articles in this field would suggest, the effects of the physical environment on the healing process and well-being have proved to be increasingly relevant for patients and their families as well as for healthcare staff.  This is particularly true of family members who now have travel restrictions on them indefinitely.

#givingtuesday IT HealthThe many discussions that attribute to the success and growth of home healthcare solutions now direct its focus on traditional and institutionally designed healthcare facilities and means to enhance the actual well-being of patients as an indicator of their health and period of recovery. The primary challenge for families will be to explore recovery solutions that integrate those means discovered by both professional and family members into the facility of choice, extended, long-term facilities or home, that allow for a recovery that has dignity, ease of use and an amicable experience between provider and patient.

My contribution to this pursuit are what most take for granted in aiding their family members… MicroSoft’s Voice Command features… MS Voice Command Features is capable of allowing those inflicted with MS to have the capacity to communicate without total dependencies without having family members available 24/7… Similar technologies with comparable results and capabilities include, but are not limited to:  Dragon; Voice Finger; Via Talk; Tazti; e-Speaking; and, MS Dual Writer.

In both of my personal experiences, I’ve offered consult that allows for communications to be maintained by using two simple utilities that are, again, taken for granted by most of us – Voice and Retina Recognition Software or, Head Control applications.  While I’ve always worked extremely hard to not extend free marketing for any manufacturer or software provider, I am sharing with you my speciific experience and sucess with two particular companies that I recommend and offer solutions from both types of home IT healthcare solutions- voice and retina; namely, Dragon and Eyegaze Edge

Voice Recognition Software provides meaningful support at varying aspects of computer usage:

  • Customized voice commands allow for hands-free dictation. You can perform such tasks as telling your computer to open and edit a specific file so you don’t have to search through folders to find it. You can use your voice to dictate and edit emails. With a simple voice command you can open your email account. The program types out the email as you dictate it, then follows your command to send the email to a friend or colleague;
  • VR is also very adaptive. By learning the words and phrases you use the most, the programs get better at dictating your messages over time. A job that requires a lot of multitasking can, at times, make typing an excess burden. With this software, you don’t even have to be in front of the computer screen to create documents and,
  • Voice recognition apps also eliminate the need for holding a phone.

My Retina Recognition use came through the use of Eyegasze Edge… Eyegaze is the latest invention of LC Technologies, which was founded in 1988.  The technology behind Eyegaze is called Pupil Centre/Corneal Reflection, or PCCR. PCCR uses a tablet is set up in front of the user, with a small video camera underneath. A near-infrared LED (light-emitting diode) light illuminates the user’s eye.

The Eyegaze Edge sales collateral reads as follow:  Eyegaze Edge is an eye-operated communication and control system that empowers people with disabilities to communicate and interact with the world. By looking at control keys or cells displayed on a screen, a user can generate speech either by typing a message or selecting pre-programmed phrases. Eyegaze Edge Systems are being used to write books, attend school and enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities all over the world.

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In closing, I’d like to thank readers of this blog and hope that it will bring value to those of you with loved ones having long-term care requirements.