SUPPLIER FOCUS: Smart investment with Switchshop


IT security and services provider Switchshop explains how smart investments in technology can improve resident outcomes and supercharge staff efficiency in the senior care sector

The United Kingdom’s senior population is expected to increase by 20% by 2027, with the market for care home facilities keeping pace alongside it.

As more seniors transition into the next chapter of their lives, forward-thinking care organisations have the unique opportunity to truly differentiate their offerings by making smart investments in technology and modernising their networking infrastructure.

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With the right approach, it’s possible to transform the resident experience and unlock significant productivity gains while slashing the overheads of legacy MPLS networks.

A new breed of seniors

The pandemic has forced care homes to advance technologically. Last year, care home residents were provided with mobile devices to enable video consultations with medical professionals and help them stay connected.

Resident health and well-being are the highest agenda for care homes and life within them should replicate the home-like experience they no doubt miss. This means the ability to read the news, watch Netflix, and hop on video calls wherever they may be on the property. They need to stay connected via email and shop online. All this needs to be done safely and securely.

Many care organisations still lack a robust infrastructure that can support the increased use of mobile devices and video conferencing tools, communications between care teams, healthcare monitoring devices (IoT) and guest access.

By partnering with leading IT security and services provider, Switchshop, you can work together to design bespoke network infrastructure that meets your organisation’s unique needs while ensuring data security. To minimise disruption in residents’ lives, look for a value-added reseller that is experienced in considerate and sensitive deployments.

A more empathetic and efficient operation

Of course, the benefits of technology extend beyond the resident experience. As with any business, any investment must add value to the organisation too.

By investing in technology such as Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution, you can help your organisation realise productivity gains by moving away from legacy MPLS networks and reducing overheads with single pane of glass management of the network across remote branches.

A robust and resilient infrastructure will allow staff to easily access critical information on the go and allow for remote health monitoring. Staff can order medicine, update records, book appointments and monitor medical devices remotely. This, in turn, enables care staff to invest more time to what is most important: caring for residents.

Further, leading solutions enable you to leverage new technologies that enhance the delivery of care, securely. Empower residents to call nurses with the tap of a button in the event they need one and implement electronic observations to ensure patients are healthy while maintaining social distancing requirements.

Choose the right solution to future-proof your facility’s technology needs and ensure you’ll be able to delight tomorrow’s residents as well as today’s whilst keeping your organisation secure.

For more information on the easiest and most secure way to bring your care facility’s tech infrastructure into the modern era, request a remote consultation today and you will get a Gartner leading solution from tier one manufacturers designed and deployed by NSE 8 engineers and ongoing support from a fully serviced help-desk.

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The author Lee Peart

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