Technology in the Healthcare Business
The healthcare industry has gotten an exorbitant amount of attention in recent years, with media rightfully documenting the horrors of what’s taking place in the nursing homes and elder care centers. Nadia Kiderman has been a vocal advocate throughout, given what the intense scrutiny of these elder care centers has unearthed. The patient neglect; the archaic methodologies and lack of proper technologies in so many of them is deeply disheartening.
There needed to be a public light shone on this horror show well before the Coronavirus pandemic even began. Unfortunately, lawmakers and others failed to oversee and regulate the elder care industry more broadly for the last decade. It’s not just nursing homes that were immune from this sort of oversight, regulation and scrutiny. It’s all forms of elder care facilities that were catering to the elderly, our population and society’s most vulnerable. And of course, the population most vulnerable to God forbid contracting the Coronavirus.
But this population was never taken care of properly. As mentioned, elder care industry as a whole let down society and this population and its family members. Residents from across various backgrounds – racial, ethnic, social and religious; were let down through this pandemic. But this didn’t start yesterday. Besides for nursing homes these issues were and are prevalent in the assisted living facilities; and other elder care centers.
Nadia Kiderman on Facebook has written about these issues. Her views are strong on this particular topic; and it’s heartening to see many in the public eye now joining in understanding the severity of the issue and the need to resolve it . This is a problem that certainly did not start recently; and it must change. The change must start at the very top.
In New York State for example, Albany has to be far more conscious about the situation on the ground in elder care centers. There has to be more of a proactive ability of lawmakers to institute reforms to this industry so as to advance a pro-elderly agenda that ends up proving immensely constructive for the hundreds and thousands of our state’s elderly who are in these homes.
Lawmakers need to respond to the needs of their constituents. Their health issues need to be paramount and on the minds of every lawmaker whether on a regional, state or local city level. Each locale has to operate in such a way. Unfortunately, the way the political machine works, it’s not until we have mobilized a grassroots outcry and there is real political pressure that lawmakers feel, that leads them to acting in a substantive way.
Although this should certainly not be the case; it is the case. And there’s no changing the current political situation. It’s the same fundamental political situation that was the case for many years and decades. And it’s in no way limited to America in that way. This is an issue that defines the political systems of nearly every country worldwide.
So let’s have more activists come out like Nadia Kiderman to protest through their writing, speeches and in other forums about the neglect taking place to our nation’s most elderly and vulnerable. One can only hope that there will be sweeping change and reform that takes place as a result. Together, we can make that happen. We can make that a reality.