The coronavirus pandemic came without warning. No one was able to prepare for its wrath. After months and months of battle, many technological advancements have proven their worth. And this is the main reason why many industries, including healthcare, have turned to technology to offer solutions. In the new normal, many of these technologies are currently in use. But, which of them would have widespread adoption in the post-coronavirus future? Let’s find out.
Preparing for the Post Coronavirus Future
It is now a reality for the healthcare sector to fully embrace the benefits of technology in their practice. With many people currently staying at home and finding the comfort of telemedicine and e-consult for their medical needs, healthcare institutions should prepare to build a digital infrastructure that can withstand and address the growing demand for such connectivity. Getting much-needed education about cloud services is proving to be useful.
Increasing Telehealth Needs
For doctors who are yet to set up their online consultation platforms, they should do it now. By the looks of it, it seems that telehealth will remain even in the post-COVID era. More patients are now embracing the convenience of teleconsultations. This includes:
- Safety from exposure, not only from coronavirus, but also for other hospital-acquired infections like pneumonia, measles, and tuberculosis outbreak.
- Absence of wait time since they would only need to go online during their consultation time.
- Cost-effectiveness since patients no longer have to pay for gas, parking, and other expenses.
Given these advantages on the part of the patients, healthcare professionals should make it a point that they are well-versed with telehealth consultations and that their website or platform adheres to compliance regulations.
Focus on Safety
For the healthcare industry, technological applications have proven their worth. Thankfully, many patients are choosing their safety over fears about data privacy. In the post-coronavirus era, many people may be more willing to provide health data to ensure that they are safe. For instance, contact tracing for people with the virus could be much easier because there is acceptance of the need for safety. Tracking would mean more than just a way to monitor them, but a means to protect them against unseen enemies that continue to take many lives.
Technology and Healthcare
Before the coronavirus hit, embracing technology in healthcare was rather slow. For many doctors and healthcare institutions, technology is unwelcome. Why? The reasons are primarily because of privacy and accuracy. For the healthcare industry filled with people who swore an oath to “first do no harm,” their basic tenet is to ensure that each of their patients are cared for and served with utmost care. There is a constant need to provide care with confidence that none of the rights of the patients would be violated and that any procedure should be accurate.
More recently, however, several technologies are making a mark on the healthcare sector. And this is the main reason why many doctors and hospital administrators are slowly opening up to the idea of technology. Sure, there are still rough patches that must be addressed. But, at least, there is progress.
While our future may seem bleak at the moment, looking at our post-coronavirus life where the new normal is not going to be anything like we have right now may be the only hope that we can hold on to. It may be different, but there should be hope for a better future. Technology will become the main driver of the economy, not only in healthcare but also for major industries, and all are hoping that it would bring fruitful results.