Telehealth has become increasingly popular, and virtual healthcare is the new talk of the town. A technology that was previously to reach out to remote areas where access to medical facilities was minimal has now become the safest way to treat patients worldwide
FREMONT, CA: Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, all industries have undergone significant changes to survive in these changing times. Some industries have had to revamp their whole business models to stay abreast. The impact of the virus has been significant in the healthcare sector. The industry has been under extreme pressure to perform at its best and help governments tackle the rising number of cases. Telehealth has become increasingly popular, and virtual healthcare is the new talk of the town. A technology that was previously to reach out to remote areas where access to medical facilities was minimal has now become the safest way to treat patients worldwide. Even if a patient is not positive for the novel coronavirus, they may risk contracting it after a healthcare center visit.
The rapid upscaling of virtual healthcare and the rising popularity of telehealth have set off a new digital era. Self-triaging and contact tracing for COVID-19 infection detection are among the new breed of digital health applications that startups to big firms alike are looking at to seize the emerging opportunities. COVID-19 is not likely to leave soon. There is hope with the development of vaccines for the virus, but it will be a long time before these vaccines are available for the entire population. It is necessary that each individual takes preventive measures and remains alert and aware of their health.
Similar to the increasing popularity of AI-enabled solutions, companies are now rolling out COVID-19 apps to make the best of the moment. The positive response to telehealth from patients has led to existing telehealth service providers doubling up their production to meet with the increasing demands. Studies have shown that most of the newly launched COVID-19 apps are vague about the security of the data collected from the users. From what was considered a life-threatening pandemic, the novel coronavirus has become a marketing opportunity for major tech companies.
Contactless experiences are becoming the new trend. The pandemic has set off a new trend where people are wary of coming in contact with any surface. The fear of exposure is highest in a hospital or clinic setting. Virtual healthcare settings are on the rise. Technology-enabled workflows enable patients to complete most of the registration formalities before the visit, be it a virtual consult or a clinic visit. Registration kiosks in hospital lobbies may soon be enabled with facial recognition software to eliminate the need for touching any surface.