Healthcare technology is changing fast with COVID on the landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping and transforming healthcare with technology to an extent no one could have imagined. Due to the exponential increase of the pressure on global health systems, providers, and staff, we were forced to leave behind the old ways of operating and regular visits to clinics. But telemedicine/ virtual care is so much more than just a doctor visit on the phone. Remote digital technology is fostering a more effective approach to taking care of oneself. But that’s not all.
Several companies like Ambulnz are using technology to break the transportation barrier and transform medical transportation for saving lives. Ambulnz emergency services are also helping medical facilities revolutionize patient care. Other companies are using AI-based technologies to analyze huge data sets and generate relevant insights.
On that note, let’s look at how COVID-19 has transformed the healthcare industry with technology.
Increased Demand For Virtual Care
The entire healthcare industry has been on edge since the outbreak. They have been flooded with phone calls, emails, and voice messages from patients with questions regarding potential COVID-19 symptoms, precautions they should take, and immunity boosters they should consume. Many healthcare providers, including hospitals and practitioners, have gone digital to stay in contact with their patients and assist them in case of any emergency.
Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store are flooded with apps that help people note their symptoms before booking an appointment with the doctor. Due to the sudden surge in the number of triaged patients, the healthcare industry is developing more applications, websites, and getting more physicians on board.
Telehealth Has Gone From “Nice To Have” To A “Necessity”
The idea is not just to survive the pandemic but to come out of it stronger. And it seems possible with the mainstreaming of telehealth. Telemedicine is hot right now, and Justin Knott, CEO of Intrepy Healthcare Marketing, says, “It will continue to boom even after the pandemic ends.” Not only because people may fear visiting the hospitals and pharmacies, but because the convenience is unmatched.
Tele-assessment has made it possible for doctors to work remotely, and protect themselves. It has further allowed healthcare practitioners to screen a lot more patients digitally. Deeply impacting the way we experience healthcare, telehealth is becoming a necessity.
The Adoption Of Artificial Intelligence
The healthcare industry is also using the power of AI to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Although they are not using Artificial Intelligence to its full potential, many companies have been aiding and abetting the race to find a treatment for COVID-19.
Data scientists and researchers are using intelligent algorithms to help them determine the composition of the drug that can be used to treat the novel coronavirus. Other AI-based companies have launched various AI solutions to help the medical practitioners monitor the virus effectively and assist them in providing appropriate treatments to patients. Furthermore, AI-driven solutions are replacing human contacts as much as possible.
The future of healthcare is here, but it is driven by technology, as we see it. We have to familiarize ourselves with the latest developments to make the most of technology and not become its victim.
The progressions in technology are the beginning of the new future, and the COVID-19 pandemic an awakening call for the healthcare industry. The dependence on healthcare technological solutions will see a boom from now on. Everything will change, but for the better.