The U.S. has been under siege for the last month. An invisible enemy has crossed our borders and has all but relegated us to the confines of our homes. This is indeed an interesting time in America. Many Americans are figuring out how to work from home if they can. For those out of work, many are quickly shifting to jobs they can do in this time of uncertainty. The American will to survive is still thriving, despite COVID-19.
Where this has left the medical community is scrambling to keep going despite the need to distance ourselves from others. Patients are still in need of care. The threat of overwhelming the healthcare system in our country keeps elective and non-life threatening treatments on the reschedule list until this is all ironed out. No matter what, patients need questions answered and it's still pivotal in healthcare to be able to communicate with your healthcare professionals when necessary. How does the healthcare system decide to meet the demand and keep contamination to a minimum? Technology, of course.
Not every healthcare professional or patient is used to relying on technology to get the job of medicine done. Most older patients would prefer to meet with their healthcare professionals in person, but they are the exact segment of our population most urged to stay home. Where does that leave them?
COVID-19 Is Minimized ByThe Use Of Technology For Triage
Hospitals and healthcare professionals are urging the public to stay home unless they are in critical need of medical intervention. For things like just not feeling good or feeling sick, unless you are presenting with obvious signs of distress, like shortness of breath, there is no treatment for the COVID-19 virus being widely used as of yet anyway. It would stand to reason though, that medical professionals being able to see the patient seeking treatment instead of just listening to symptoms on the phone would be the better way to discern those in need of in-person care.
Many larger healthcare organizations have started using Telehealth tools to do just that; triage from home. With the use of Telehealth, the patient can be seen by the triage care professional. This human connection makes the patient feel more at ease that a professional can physically observe them and their symptoms.
For the healthcare professional, they have more opportunity to actively interact with the patient seeking care to make a more accurate assessment. This way of triaging can not only be used now in the COVID-19 pandemic but for the future of medical triage and follow up care as a whole.
Follow Up With COVID-19 Patients On Discharge Is A Priority
Luckily, not all COVID-19 patients require a hospital stay or critical care intervention. For those who are able, they are discharged home to quarantine and recover. How are we keeping up with these patients for follow-up care and quarantine monitoring? Right now, that looks a little unclear, but technology can be used in this scenario as well.
Collaboration tools like eCare Vault can be instrumental in easily keeping track of discharged COVID-19 patients for follow-up, quarantine monitoring and valuable medical data that can help us better understand the virus, along with average recovering times and expectations.
What can be done to help the COVID-19 pandemic more than continuing to gather data and track and monitor those who are affected? Medical collaboration tools like eCare Vault can be used on any handheld device. It is HIPAA compliant and cloud-secure for the most up-to-date information security and confidence.
Most Americans are using a handheld device of some kind every day. eCare Vault combines medical technology to connect to your healthcare professionals and collaboration tools to communicate, share information or alert medical professionals quickly if the patient notifies them there is a change.
Technology Is Coming Together For The Good Of All
The good news is that technology can help us overcome a lot of challenges with delivering great healthcare to those that need it, especially in these times. COVID-19 need not keep patients from being treated or seeking medical intervention when they need it. Solutions like eCare Vault is poised to meet the demand for technology-driven healthcare delivery today. If you’d like to find out more about how eCare Vault can help you manage treatment and followup collaboration for your patients. Contact us today for a free consultation.