How the pandemic is accelerating the digitalization of healthcare
Coronavirus rocked the whole world and destabilized many established institutions with well-laid out processes. One of the major industries that were drastically affected was the healthcare system.
The pandemic has kept hospitals busy as people keep trooping in to see their doctors with the slightest symptom of the virus.
Even those who had no symptoms but had other health challenges were denied the opportunity to see their doctors. The time and space were just not available anymore. Besides, the risk of spreading the virus was too much.
It was evident that, for healthcare to become effective again and serve the needs of the people, there must be a way to care for patients without requiring their physical presence.
There must be a faster and easier way to physically care for patients in the hospital and develop better digital technologies that can access and monitor patient’s health.
All these drawbacks have always been in the healthcare system, but the pandemic brought these to the surface and urgency. Read on to understand more fully how the pandemic is accelerating the digitalization of healthcare.
With the continued presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, most healthcare institutions have adopted a new and better method of attending to their patient’s needs. This approach involves digital health.
Instances of how the pandemic is increasing the digitalization of healthcare include the following:
1. Increase in virtual doctor-patient care
There has been a surge in telehealth visits with the increase in the number of patients that prefer virtual doctor’s visits to physical visits. With the rise, it became necessary for healthcare providers to build a digital bridge between themselves and their patients.
For virtual healthcare to be effective, there has to be a better-organized structure around it. This structure has to synchronize the healthcare system and the electronically documented records of patients together.
This will help healthcare providers carry out their duties effectively. This virtual doctor-patient care system promotes and increases the intercultural connection between patients and doctors, leading to an increase in the digital health market.
2. Increased investors in healthcare
The relentless effort of healthcare institutions to stay above the waters amidst the pandemic is seen by interested investors. These investors are very aware of the likely returns on investment they may get if they invest in healthcare digitalization.
For instance, with technological innovations, such as e signature, investors would find it easy to sign documents that would hasten the partnership and investing process.
It would also provide ease of access to medical healthcare and make the healthcare providers’ work more comfortable and practical.
If you can solve a problem, you can make money. So, the pandemic literarily forced more investors to look into healthcare services, which accelerated the digitalization of healthcare.
3. Digital technology useful for diagnosis, treatment, and adherence
The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic within the international community also facilitated digital technologies that will quickly diagnose the people who have the virus.
With the help of digital technology, the healthcare system can easily differentiate between those who have the virus and others who have similar symptoms but not the virus.
Aside from this, digital technology became necessary for contact tracing, fast-track treatment, and saving as many lives as possible.
In the prevention process, the development of digital health also became essential to mount surveillance and ensure everyone is keeping to the regulations that will keep them safe.
The use of digital vaccination certificate has influenced government's policies on internaional and inter-sate travels.
4. Digital vaccination certificate
To reduce and mitigate the spread of the pandemic, vaccination is formulated and given freely. This reduces the risk of contracting the virus.
With the process came a higher degree of need for digital health technology to monitor, administer, and provide certificates for those that have already been vaccinated.
Besides this, the digital certificate that indicates you’ve been vaccinated will grant you access to inter-states travel as most countries continue to deny international travel if you failed to get the certification.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, the year 2020 witnessed a dramatic transformation, especially in the health sector, as the pandemic necessitated and rapidly accelerates healthcare digitalization. It also brought immediate action to doctor-patient virtual care.
The pandemic significantly increased the number of investors in health care services. As more investors promote and invest in digital health care services, it increased the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis process of patients with COVID-19 and differentiating between patients whose health challenge is not the virus.
Finally, the pandemic made digital vaccination certificates necessary with the current and ongoing vaccination process. This will help anyone that intends to travel abroad without any form of restriction.