More than three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, states continue to go through phased re-opening of business and social activities. Many companies that were closed have re-opened; sports and other activities either have or will soon be picking up again; and there are an increasing number of other social gatherings. While it’s all supposed to be good for the economy, with the increase in activity, we’ve already seen a surge in COVID-19 cases, with as many as a dozen states recording record highs for new confirmed cases recently. In addition, most experts have been consistent in predicting a significant second wave.
This means there will be a continued demand for treatment for the disease, which will continue to add to the burden on healthcare providers, especially with other non-coronavirus patient needs and the rescheduling of procedures that were put off during lockdowns.
The World Health Organization has indicated the median recovery time is in the 2-6-week range, depending on severity, which means patients undergoing treatment could experience complications, especially if they have other underlying conditions.
While connected health solutions can help healthcare providers continue delivering quality care as the pandemic continues – especially those who have seen major drops in patient volumes – they also offer an opportunity to treat and monitor COVID-19 patients.
Remote Patient Monitoring –
Tracking and monitoring vital signs can give physicians real-time updates on patient conditions and can alert them immediately of any warning signs so they can intervene quickly. By identifying potential issues early, RPM enables proactive care management that could reduce hospital admission or readmission.
Virtual Visits –
Telehealth consultations allow physicians to provide follow-up consultations and check-ins without the need for patients to go to doctors’ offices. In addition to offering a convenient alternative to in-person follow-ups, virtual visits reduce risk of exposure for other patients and providers. Telehealth also gives physicians an easy way to consult patients should any alerts be triggered in RPM systems.
Time Management –
The combination of RPM and virtual visits can help reduce the amount of time physicians need to spend treating, monitoring, and consulting COVID-19 patients as they recover. The added efficiency can allow them to attend to the needs of more patients – both coronavirus cases and others. Ultimately, this could ensure more patients have easier access to whatever care they need.
COVID-19 has had a major impact on the healthcare system, which was already full of inefficiencies. The complications associated with treating coronavirus patients and minimizing risk to others is an ideal case for connected health, which can allow physicians to treat patients as they recover in quarantine.
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