The US-based startup Curatess creates a HIPAA-compliant remote care management platform that allows patients to remotely visit doctors via high-definition audio and video calls.
Eko, a company from the USA, builds DUO, an FDA-approved combination of an electronic stethoscope and a handheld ECG. The stethoscope, Eko CORE, provides high-fidelity lung auscultation to detect sounds associated with pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), one of the most recurring complications of COVID-19.
The British company Welldoing provides a therapist matching service for in-person and online therapy. The therapists on this platform offer patients their help to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and grief. This is potentially useful in countries with a higher number of deaths from COVID-19, where quarantine rules still remain. The platform also offers patients a personalized matching service, helping them connect with suitable therapists for their problems.
The US-based startup eVisit offers VirtualED, a coronavirus-specific workflow configuration of their telehealth platform. The platform enables doctors to conduct virtual screenings for COVID-19, as well as treat non-emergency patients at home. Besides a two-way video that enables virtual consultations with doctors, the platform also includes the virtual waiting room, access to family accounts, and a live chat.
Vivify Health, a company based in the US works on a remote patient monitoring platform that recently developed a new Coronavirus Pathway. This allows patients to conduct self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms remotely, by answering relevant questions. After self-screening, the platform provides instructions on what to do next. The information also appears in the Vivify portal so the physician can proactively reach out to the patient if needed.
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Mobile Health and Care Delivery
In a digital health utopia, patient data and the myriad of security and privacy issues that it usually brings along are things of the past.
That’s partly because a blockchain assures the security of these sensitive data; acting as a transparent shared book of records of sorts; employed in a similar way like the initiatives Estonia is taking to secure its health records.
Additionally, governments and public health authorities are transparent about the use of these sensitive data.
Healthcare Life after COVID-19: What Will Change?
It is very hard to make any sort of prediction of reshaping healthcare tech. We’ve decided to take a look at the whole industry of healthcare to make general conclusions about the major changes.
Healthcare Workers Effort Can’t Be Overlooked Anymore
During this global tragedy, it’s not only the economy or the population that is being affected but also the healthcare professionals on the frontlines.
The latter are enduring extreme work conditions and sacrifices in order to help the infected.
Despite a shortage of personal protective equipment, they show up to work using DIY-solutions like ski goggles and bin bags with a high risk of being infected.
Many are working overtime and witnessed the patient after the patient succumbs to the disease.
This will lead to an inevitable spike in burnouts among the healthcare staff.
Even before the novel coronavirus outbreak, some estimated nearly half of the world’s 10 million physicians had symptoms of burnout.
Moreover, war-like scenarios where unclaimed victims are laid to rest in mass graves in New York are taking an additional toll on the medical personnel. More than burnouts, we will see the frontline with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
After this pandemic subsides, we will have to brace ourselves for the aftermath of medical professionals on the frontlines.
Trust in the Globalized World
In the pre-pandemic globalized world, we enjoyed a certain level of trust we mostly took for granted. We could travel almost without limitations, meet people without restrictions, and order products worldwide.
This will simply change after billions of people had to stay indoors for weeks.
We will not be able to travel that freely or enjoy the supply chains of the world so easily. We will think twice before going somewhere or to meet someone.
The pandemic is already exacerbating signs of social anxiety and agoraphobia. Regaining trust takes time and these trends will take place for months after lockdowns are lifted.
Focus on the Healthcare System
It’s tragic how the pandemic highlighted the shortcomings of healthcare systems worldwide. The overburdened hospitals need an upgrade on every level from their infrastructures to their processes.
These will be needed to ensure a safe environment for the personnel and patients, as well as to better cope with any emergency situations.
For example, one of the reasons speculated for Germany’s comparatively low death rate is its good intensive care situation.
Digital health showed its aptitude to deal with such a crisis. We can expect to see many governments put more focus on healthcare. They can adopt similar strategies employed by other countries that better managed the crisis. As people in the frontlines of the fight witnessed, with inefficient healthcare systems, we will not be able to handle the next outbreak.
While we’ll, unfortunately, witness the toll on our healthcare workers and face reduced trust, other changes could take place depending on countries, duration of lockdowns, and even personal experiences. Here are three changes we could see emerge as a result: