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What Happens When the Power Goes Out On Our Medical Technology?

The electronic infrastructure that powers our digital lives, including seniors aging in place, in retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and in nursing homes is a service often taken for granted. Everything is fine while devices, enterprise servers, and cloud services are powered up and providing the digital environment senior residents and business operators of senior facilities have come to expect. What happens when the power supply is cut off? Whether a natural disaster, mechanical failure, inadequate information technology management of onsite services, or aging infrastructure, any downtime to wearable medical devices, point of care handheld devices, and enterprise server functioning can constitute a dangerous medical situation for residents.

Some state legislators are taking it upon themselves to create bills and enact laws that will require assisted living operators to inform residents’ and prospective residents of preparations they have in place in the event of powe…

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