What are some successful strategies seen deployed around world?
What things aren’t working seen – what do we need to change?
Do we have reason to be optimistic about future about global response?
Introduction- Rapid technological advancement often triggered by external events such as international conflicts, political pressure, economic downturn, competitions or disease. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered drive for technological advancement. Scientists, engineers and innovators have risen the challenge by doing that which they do best – designing, building and prototyping.
Since March need for technology & digital capabilities accelerated during COVID-19 pandemic, here underscoring importance of transformation to care for patients while hospitals focused on patients with virus.
Based on various updates on Covid -19 Strategies here are most significant advancements in healthcare technology over past four months and where each field could make biggest impact in future.
Today, digital healthcare platforms act as service providers between health practitioners & patients by connecting them through virtual appointments and video calls any time in their city.
Predictive Analytics Tool :- Pandemic has brightened how important it is for healthcare providers to look forward and prepare for upcoming crises. Because spikes in COVID-19 cases have potential to overwhelm hospitals & create drug, equipment shortages, healthcare professionals have utilized innovative ways to predict location and severity of upcoming risen up in COVID-19 cases. All over nationwide Hospitals have created predictive analytic tools to forecast how COVID-19 surges may play out based Common Spirit utilizes temperature and humidity data, as COVID-19 transmission often seems to rise as temperatures do.
Focusing more on individual level, COVID-19 risk calculator makes projections based on patients’ age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, vaccination history & current medications. Our risk- prediction model stands greatly assist hospital systems in planning.
Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms :- Techno., one of most prominent annual conferences exploring technological advances. This year, topics included artificial intelligence, remote surgical systems, & ongoing fight against COVID-19.
Digital Front Door :- Health systems across U.S. making strategic investments business intelligence analytics to better understand patients & tailor patient experience. Techno. advancements played big role connecting people to healthcare professionals, allowing them to get healthcare attention they need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Telehealth and 5G Expansions:- – At start pandemic as state, local governments across country issued social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders to mitigate spread of coronavirus, telehealth became lifeline for patient care. Many hospitals, health systems launched expanded telehealth programs in days. In response quick demand, Hospital administration began allowing providers use platforms such as FaceTime and Zoom for virtual visits covering wide range conditions, from urgent care, primary care check-ups, medication follow up and COVID-19 screenings.
Robotics :- Robotic Technologies have been utilized many ways during current pandemic: Robots were designed to communicate between patients and doctors at distance to disinfect surfaces with UV light; deliver essential medical supplies; monitor vital signs, remind people of infection prevention measures like social distancing; and scale-up production of diagnostic tools, drugs, vaccines.
Digital Contact Tracing :- The use of artificial intelligence which provide patients with essential communication, has grown amid pandemic. healthcare providers have been able more efficiently reach patient’s needs.
Remote Monitoring and Wearable Devices :- Decrease spread of disease by providing personal protective equipment and other vital resources.
Precision Medicine :- The health systems, organizations with most advanced clinical data collection and analytics capabilities have been able to share vital information about best personalized treatment pathways for patients and implement them caretakers to use standard approach for patients.
Digital Transformation :- While COVID-19 hurt bottom line of many organizations, 36.2 percent of CIOs said they will increase their incremental spending in digital transformation through end of year and beyond.
Kim Brearley, CFO, THINKMD, an innovator in the digital space, has built a digital COVID-19 screening, education and disease monitoring tool to address key challenges of the pandemic: https://thinkmd.org/covid-19/.
Brad Cunningham, with offices in Northampton, MA and Johannesburg, South Africa, chose to address challenges to monitoring and reporting numbers of cases and regional trends. The organization’s digital platform—tested by previous outbreaks of TB, HIV, and Ebola—now tracks COVID-19 cases to inform preparedness, response, and tracking of outcomes. Go to: https://systemone.id/.
Sweety Pathak, Associate Program Director, SNEHA, oversees the Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action’s programs to improve healthcare for vulnerable urban women, adolescents, and children in India. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SNEHA is using phone and website resources to educate these vulnerable populations about how to prevent spread of the virus. Go to: https://snehamumbai.org/.
Dr. Kanchan Kholiya, Assistant Professor, Department Of Physiotherapy, School Of Health & Allied Sciences, Career Point University, Kota