COVID-19 has paved the way to reshape the healthcare system blended with modern technologies. Today, social distancing and contactless experiences are the new obligations bringing in a remote and contactless healthcare system.
FREMONT, CA: Technology is a behemoth on the roads of establishing a more efficient and accessible healthcare environment amidst the pandemic. Reports suggest that there will be a significant shift in not just the methods of delivering care but also in healthcare spending.
Healthcare service providers have grown keener on deploying consumer-friendly technologies and raise the scalability of the associated platforms. Health systems functioning on platforms like Zoom, to cater to the needs during the COVID situation, are now reviewing the appropriateness of the platforms. However, there has been an improvement in the compensation system with better telehealth and digital consultation facilities.
COVID-19 situation has also created a profitable situation to raise the marketing slogans addressing tech-friendly healthcare system. Let us now take a look at a few impacts on healthcare due to the pandemic.
No contact is the new mandate across the globe. Hospitals and health care centers comprise several touchpoints in their infrastructure, which are now the potential infection points. Technology has brought in facial recognition at hospital lobbies that can eliminate the touch sensors or physical check-ins and checkouts. Moreover, basic examinations and diagnoses can now be virtual through remote devices.
Many of the emerging technologies might not sustain after this crisis ends. But contact tracing is hopeful to be successful in the longer run, helping in tracking and tracing infections through Bluetooth-enabled devices. Many of the endeavored plans, such as the partnership between Google and Apple, to enable a national data-sharing framework, has delayed due to conflicts with federal health authorities over the acquiring of locational data.
Remote health monitoring
For a long time, healthcare officials have wanted to deliver healthcare services to patients at their home location so that they can heal better and avoid unnecessary hospital visits. Today, technology has made it possible to provide automated reminders, suggestions, basic medications, instructions, and make appointments through the digital platform. Moreover, technology also aids the professionals to get insights into crucial data, identify and analyze the risk-prone population, and arrange for digital campaigns.
The new tech-enabled models of the healthcare system should make consider the user-friendliness and adaptability of healthcare seekers. The patients must have a pleasant experience such that the e-consultations and appointments become as helpful as the physical visits to the hospitals. The integration of different technologies on the platforms has been a problem to offer a flawless facility to the patients. The new challenge is to understand the new routine, post the pandemic.