Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic affected millions across the world. It shook the healthcare ecosystem in many nations and brought to light a long list of lacunas in healthcare systems, the operations of healthcare workers and the digital gap in the healthcare industry.
A large number of organizations teamed up to support local and federal government bodies in an effort to track the Coronavirus pandemic, count the number of COVID-19 patients and ensure the front line operability of the health care system.
At this juncture, we know that the situation will come to an end. Although a vaccine may take at least a year to develop, the high availability of data, social distancing measures and strong health plans make the return to routine more realistic than ever.
The bottom line is that there will be numerous elements that will change in global health systems.
The frontline of the war on the Coronavirus comprised of doctors, nurses and other medical teams, that were affected in an equal manner to the global economy. Medical operations are likely to take a step back due to the lack of availability of personal protective equipment, shortages of medical staff and lack of medical resources in some nations.
As highlighted earlier, this pandemic did bring to light the shortcomings of the medical system not only in the United States but across the globe. Overburdened medical facilities will need to upgrade systems and operations, maybe even introduce digitisation to a large number of aspects of the service, to be able to serve and observe patient safety.
Digital health solutions will prove to be major players in bringing quality healthcare to patients and controlling healthcare costs. A wide range of medical digital applications and devices are making healthcare easier and more accessible than ever.
Artificial intelligence will become an incredibly useful tool in understanding the requirements of medical facilities that are located in contained zones. AI Platforms with Geospatial capabilities are already employed to notify and alert of outbreaks or contamination waves.
We will return to our way of life (although with some modifications) soon enough. It is important to note that reaching that point greatly depends on the current action. Telemedicine and digital health technology could prove to be the need of the hour and large organisations have accepted the fact that the future of medicine may need to become the present quickly.