COVID-19 pandemic has certainly affected the world in ways we never imagined. Every industry and profession has to rethink and reshape the way it provides service and the future of its services. The virus doesnâ€™t discriminate as to who gets infected based on gender, race, socio-economic status, or profession.
Who Will Take Care of Those That Need Urgent Medical Management during COVID-19 Pandemic?
If youâ€™re in the healthcare profession you can choose to stay home to practice telemedicine for non-urgent office â€œvisits. Or even if are being quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure, you can still take care of your non-COVID 19 patients.
Virtual care through telehealth is no longer optional, itâ€™s the solution. It addresses multiple health system issues such as clinician shortage, geographic disparities, and patient access before and even during the devastating Covid 19 crisis.
Telehealth is The Must Virtual Care Platform in Mitigating COVID-19 Pandemic
According to Harvard Health, Telehealth allows healthcare professionals and patients to meet by phone or video chat. Also known as telemedicine, itâ€™s often touted as a convenience for patients who are busy or far away. Or when travel isnâ€™t feasible due to severe weather or an urgent condition like a stroke.
In the case of a pandemic, virtually accessing the patients who wish to communicate with a doctor is exactly the right solution. Particularly those who are fearful of coming out of the house and increasing potential exposure of the virus.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2020) recommends Americans to use telemedicine as a frontline source of care, statistic shows overwhelming issues of nowadays. Atrium Health reports 500% increase in telehealth utilization. Call volume was up by 50% last week says Teledoc Health. The progressive upward trend in visit volume around 15-20%, and about 158% traffic volume for Amwell.
To address this ordeal, innovation of other services deflects the problem by a screeningâ€œchat firstâ€ approach. It is done through accessing your health care provider by a chat box feature. Or by contacting the healthcare provider website, and even by artificial intelligence bots strategies. This approach has been effective to cut down huge inpouring numbers of clientele. Giving way to a very effective and efficient method of caring for non-CoVID 19 patients.
Telemedicine Supports Clinical Services and Decision
According to a new WHO policy, within the optimizing service delivery action, telemedicine should be one of the alternative models for clinical services and clinical decision support. In fact, telehealth tools can be as easy-to-use applications in all usersâ€™ devices. Computers, smartphones, or tablets and to connect and participate in video or audio sessions. For information exchange such as lab test results and patient profile, while ensuring compliance with HIPAA regulations.
Furthermore, Medicare allows practices to waive cost-sharing for healthcare services and has paused pre-authorization activities. These benefits are tangible. Validated by a survey conducted by Skyes on April 3, 2020. Accordingly, 2/3 of the 2000 total respondents say that CoVID 19 has increased their willingness to try telehealth in the future.
In using telehealth, it is best to do the following. It will help you gather important information and determine if your patient needs to go to a health facility:
1. Write down all symptoms and its date of onset.
2. Be prepared to answer relevant questions.
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Beyond the pandemic fears COVID-19, it is inspiring to know that all industries unite together to show kindness and support. In order to continue delivering the most thorough and best possible care, especially for the high-risk population to #flattenthecurve.
By using a virtual service, clinicians are not only protecting themselves, the patients, and their own families. They are setting an example of what it really means to implement social distance and limit physical contact, where possible. This leads to flattening the curve and fighting the negative effects of life during a COVID-19 pandemic.