The first case of COVID19, a disease caused by Coronavirus, was recorded in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread exponentially throughout the world to the point that WHO declared it a global pandemic. The following days, many major countries in the world started to introduce new rules to live through the epidemic, which eventually ended in total lockdown. Nevertheless, all the measures by the nations, as well as the medical authorities and organizations have failed to contain the spread of the virus so far.
The surge in cases has caused a massive disturbance in the functioning of medical institutions. With more and more cases coming in every day, it is difficult for hospitals, clinics, and doctors to keep up with the patients while maintaining the sanctity of their own physical and mental health. That is why remote healthcare monitoring systems can be extremely beneficial in this scenario. To understand how remote healthcare monitoring can be integrated into this pandemic, let’s first examine the stats:
Since the lockdown is being lifted all across the world and with it, the chances of more people catching the Coronavirus is also increasing. Currently, the whole world collectively has more than 11,700,000 Coronavirus cases, out of which around 550,000 people have lost their lives, and 6,700,000 have recovered.
In terms of infection, America stands on top across the rest of the nations with more than 3,050,000 cases. The death toll in America has risen to 140,000, while the number of recovered cases are at 1,400,000. Brazil and India are in second and third places, respectively, in terms of the total number of infections. Brazil has around 1,700,000 cases with 66,500 deaths and 1,100,000 recoveries. India accounts for more than 720,000 cases, out of which around 20,000 have lost their lives to the virus, and 440,000 have recovered.
If there is one thing common across all highly infected nations, it is that the number of recovery cases has been positively rising, leading us to the conclusion that although highly infectious, Coronavirus is not a fatal disease, at least for the healthy portion of the population.
In fact, many doctors have begun to advise patients with mild symptoms to quarantine themselves at their homes. As more and more patients begin to isolate themselves at their homes, the doctors will be able to advise them through an online medium, which can be facilitated by remote healthcare monitoring systems.
Why should patients use remote healthcare monitoring system
Some of the advantages of using remote healthcare monitoring system are:
You stay safe and safely away from others while having your health monitored
Doctors can provide you with priority service
Lesser capital investment
More convenient and interactive than the hospital system
The hospital system has already started to reel under the pressure of the rising cases. Every time a patient walks in even for a test, they carry the potential of infecting not only the patients around them but also the medical workers. The virus spreads mostly through respiratory droplets released by sneezing and coughing. While you might be visiting hospitals for your checkups, there are chances that you might end up being infected. This is why remote healthcare monitoring systems come out as an essential replacement for the hospital system. It carries lesser to no risk and essentially has the same effect as being admitted to a hospital.
Things to consider while implementing a remote healthcare monitoring system
Remote monitoring systems would be relatively new to many patients and doctors; therefore, particular instructions must be provided to people on either side of healthcare.
Firstly, the doctor or hospital that plans to integrate remote healthcare monitoring must set the types of services that will be provided through the medium.
Once the services have been determined, the doctors, as well as the patients, should be thoroughly educated regarding the function of the system and its accessibility options.
Finally, the remote monitoring must comply with the state rules, and the same should be informed to the operators, so both the patients’ and doctors’ privacy remains safe.