4006 – "Alexa, turn on the light:” Innovations in Modifications
The home modification world has created an entirely new meaning to the word “accessibility” with the introduction of new technology and the ease and access to the internet and Wi-Fi, with products like Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Nest Thermostat. What does this have to do with workers compensation? Everything when it comes to injured workers that need home modifications. These technology innovations mean the industry can provide a new type of accessibility to injured workers and drastically improve their functionality, quality of life, return to work along with providing cost containment.
Picture this, imagine a paraplegic being able to roll into their house and say “Alexa, turn on the lights” without having to maneuver the confines of their home to get to the light switch or being able to open the door with a Bluetooth remote, adjust the temperature, or even starting the oven. This idea gives the injured worker an entirely new type of independence, communication, a better quality of life and possibly the ability to decrease the need for attendant care.
In this session, attendees will learn new innovations to the home modification world and how they assist in gaining and improving the claim outcomes and possibly a better quality of life for injured workers. The session will also review the usability of these new technology services and how even the most technologically inclined patients have ease of use.