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What Role Should Technology Play In COVID-19 Case Investigation And Management

COVID-19 case investigation and management is now and will be the thing to focus on in the future of this pandemic and the disease in general. With a new virus comes many questions and there is no way to answer them without proper research and investigation. Where to begin? 


More will be revealed in the coming months and even years around how we got here. How to treat the COVID-19 virus effectively is the question of the day. Pharmaceutical and medical research companies working, collaboratively bent on the cure. What wonderful things are afoot when we commit to working for the common good instead of our own vain ambitions. 


COVID-19 case investigation and management is where the medical community will focus as they await news of an effective cure. The medical professionals who treat patients every day have a much bigger task at hand; making the sick well again. A cure or vaccine is on the grand horizon somewhere. Until then, looking at existing, past, and future cases will be the keys to success.


COVID-19 Case Investigation And Management Means Collective Data Sharing 


All patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 start an arduous journey once the fever spikes. When test results come in, a lot of things happen at once. Even before the result is positive for COVID-19, the precautions are taken as if it already is. Next comes the considerations in the treatment and monitoring of the patient. Many questions are asked of the patient about where they have been recently and who they have been in contact with. Any and all possibilities of greater risk due to pre-existing medical conditions are gone over and recorded. 


Patients with COVID-19 who are stable enough on their own are sent home to treat themselves and are subject to self-quarantine. This set of instructions is hard enough if the patient lives with other people. Understanding if patients are following through on treatment instructions and quarantine guidelines are hard to do once someone goes home. These pieces of valuable information need to be carefully watched to contain and mitigate any further spread of the virus. COVID-19 case investigation and monitoring means the patient needs to be followed a lot more closely than patients with other illnesses.


The COVID-19 designated ICU is the destination at the hospital for those patients who require medical intervention. What happens to these patients when they are either discharged home or to a rehab to further recover their respiratory systems? What happens to all that valuable data?


Then there is the patient that unfortunately doesn’t recover. What of their information relating to the virus? What did we record during that kind of COVID-19 case investigation and management that would be greatly used for irradicating this illness? 


COVID-19 Pandemic Research Means Researching The Patients’ Individual Stories 


Patient data collection is required, but it only goes as far as the hospital or healthcare system’s own patient record system. COVID-19 case management and monitoring span more than one system to be done properly. If the data collection is going to be easily used by more than one entity, it needs to be shared with patient privacy in mind. How we use and share patient data as we collectively come up with medical solutions to this pandemic will matter much more in how fast we can collect it and share it securely.


More than just a repository of statistics is the individual stories of the patients themselves. Their individual data points matter in accurately assessing what we are dealing with. What happens to that great information once it is scrubbed down into regions and state data analysis? More needs to be done in keeping granular information intact. Being able to collaborate on patient stories may be significant in keeping on top of treatment. Access to patients who have recovered well after the event to assess respiratory recovery and what other lifestyle factors influence recovery is needed in being able to peer into the life of a COVID-19 patient to see what the long term effects are.


COVID-19 Case Investigation And Monitoring Means The Patient-Level Data 


What could we do as a medical community to fight COVID-19 if we enlisted the help of COVID-19 patients themselves to help come up with the needed answers to our questions regarding this virus? eCare Vault is the first solution of it’s kind to do what is needed for proper COVID-19 case investigation and monitoring before it was ever needed. A medical collaboration that involves all aspects of the medical and care team, patient included, exists today. eCare Vault makes it possible to record, collaborate, and share medical data on a HIPAA compliant, cloud-based system that can be accessed from any handheld device. 


COVID-19 case investigation and monitoring can be in the palm of your hand. eCare Vault is ready to show your team how easy and powerful medical collaboration can be. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

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