The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus continues to its global spread and is currently declared a pandemic. However, the virus is spreading so fast, the governments all over the world have asked people to self-quarantine. The healthcare providers are neither ready, nor adequately supplied with resources and clinical teams to handle this inevitable, and growing situation. “Social distancing” is the new norm as people are curtailing their social contacts.
Currently, what is the best way to handle this situation? Can, patients receive healthcare from their homes without going to hospitals? Yes! It is possible with “telemedicine”. Telemedicine can make it easier for healthcare providers, organizations, and patients. Thus, no patient has to expose him or herself to a high risk environment, when a doctor can consult the patient virtually over the Internet.
Listed below are four points of “how hospitals and healthcare organizations can use telemedicine to fight against COVID-19” in this ever-changing situation. Also, how our CareConnect telemedicine can help to tackle this situation.
1. In-home monitoring
Many patients are arriving at hospitals with respiratory symptoms as an emergency and it can overwhelm the control measures. With our telemedicine tool, healthcare providers can virtually examine their patients while the patients are at their homes. They can screen patients, interact with them about their symptoms, and make recommendations for further care. Thus, the risks of infection spreading further can be reduced because of the isolation. This can also reduce hospitalization and re-admissions of patients.
2. Remote Monitoring
Health organizations are monitoring patients with the confirmed disease and those under investigation. These workers have to take measures to protect themselves while examining the patients but they are still at risk of exposure to the disease. Hence, telemedicine can help these providers by examining the patients without exposure to the disease. CareConnect telemedicine works to remove the strings between the patients and the healthcare providers.
3. Limit Exposure to COVID-19
With CareConnect telemedicine tool, patients can remain at home, instead of crowding in waiting rooms. Thus, the probability of spreading the disease by exposing it to physicians, other patients at the hospital, and anyone else they encounter on the way to the hospital can be avoided. Healthcare providers can also raise awareness to their patients on how to prevent exposure to infection.
4. Eases Burden on Healthcare Provider
All healthcare providers and hospitals feel responsible for their patients, in helping them and protecting them from exposure of infection from other patients. But it will be challenging for them to assist many patients at once during busy times. Thus, using telemedicine tools like CareConnect can reduce the burden of increased hospital visits. Healthcare providers can avoid the exposure of infection to themselves and their families as well as their patients.
Self-quarantine can minimize the spread of the virus, but the guidance to prevent people from getting infected is inevitable. If a person displays COVID-19 virus symptoms, he/she might think that they have come in contact with an infected person. In this situation, the patient may panic about the virus. However, the chances are it may be the flu or the common cold. The symptoms are more-or-less the same for the flu and COVID-19, and they will think of consulting a healthcare provider. At this point, telemedicine can be useful for healthcare providers so that they can prevent themselves from exposure to the infection. They need tools like this to better protect, treat, care for and assist patients.
Get connected with CareConnect telemedicine to limit the exposure of the infection among the people. The more we are prepared, the more we can defend ourselves from this pandemic.