COVID-19 has already killed more than 100,000 Americans, forcing healthcare providers to reexamine their approaches and experiment with new strategies. With the virus continuing to infect American communities, it’s clear that it will continue to impact the healthcare system for the foreseeable future.
In this article, we’ll cover a few of the most important ways in which mHealth is contributing to rapidly developing practices in the treatment of COVID-19. While healthcare work is inherently time-sensitive, the advancements we make today will have an immediate effect on our ability to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology industry leaders such as Blue Label Labs are making it possible for healthcare to be increasingly digital.
The telehealth industry was already experiencing significant growth prior to 2020, but providers have had to become even more proactive in order to mitigate the damage of the novel coronavirus. This movement was broadly supported by both private practices and government regulators who recognized the need for an immediate response.
For example, the Federal Communications Commission was responsible for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which invested roughly $100 million in the expansion of telehealth access to aid in the fight against coronavirus. Similarly, regulators in a number of states have introduced emergency measures to expand Medicaid, give providers access to telehealth systems, and take other steps to prepare our public health system for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reliable connectivity is critical for modern healthcare providers, especially as public health systems struggle to meet the demand for COVID-19 treatment. Vodafone has been involved in providing access to a variety of new hospitals located in Cuasso, Varese, and Milan.
The need for additional hospitals and COVID-19 treatments will only continue to grow as more people are infected with the novel coronavirus. Along with helping to build new hospitals, Vodafone has also contributed surveillance cameras, ventilators, voice minutes, cellular data, and other vital resources.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring is another important field that has become even more critical in the light of COVID-19. Monitoring patients in their own homes substantially reduces costs for healthcare providers while reducing the likelihood of transmission and offering the same quality of care.
OSF Healthcare in Illinois leveraged mHealth remote patient monitoring capabilities to facilitate check-ins and regular contacts between patients and providers. Allowing both sides to communicate at any time instead of simply during appointments leads to far greater efficiency, especially when many healthcare systems are already overloaded.
Healthcare was already undergoing a massive transformation before the onset of COVID-19, but the pandemic has disrupted some of these changes and forced even more rapid adjustments in other areas. These are just a few of the key ways in which mHealth is changing how healthcare providers approach COVID-19.