How COVID-19 is bringing a new wave of healthcare innovation

Innovations in healthcare are dedicated to brace technological innovators to address the COVID-19 global pandemic. While technological experts are uniquely positioning themselves to flatten the curve, the lessons from the current pandemic situation drive innovation to handle the post-pandemic world. This post walks through the new wave of healthcare innovation that the healthcare sector can expect in the near future.

Telehealth

Social distancing is the new norm to tide over the pandemic crisis. This is not just limited to the public but extends to healthcare workers. Today, people refrain from in-person consulting. In this situation, telehealth promises smooth healthcare delivery. Telehealth is the provision of healthcare remotely utilizing telecommunications technology. Previously this tech solution was held back for several reasons. But today, this is the only means to save lives without risking lives. The advantage of telehealth is, with chatbots and automated algorithms, it can handle more patients than in-person care.

Pharmaceutical Delivery

The demand followed by the COVID-19 lockdown around the world is not just limited to groceries. People’s pharmaceutical needs have been increasing drastically. Compliances for online pharmacies are getting relaxed to let technology lead the pharmaceutical-delivery. But, the industry is being regularised with a new set of rules and regulations. It extends to the door-step delivery of essential medicines.

The advent of Robotic Process Automation promises to overcome the challenges of increasing demand while complying with the regulations by automating high-volume repetitive tasks. The pharmaceutical industry foresees RPA to enrich the quality of medical data by reducing the need to source data from third parties.

Monitoring and Analytical Tools:

Global health innovators are springing into action to answer the call for novel healthcare inventions to fight the novel virus. Pandemic monitoring and analytical tools are the prime need to keep pandemics under control. Medical data helps to make smart decisions on when to seek medical care and when to stay home. Some of the powerful Artificial Intelligence capabilities like machine learning and deep learning, unleashing the power of health data. The biggest challenge to Artificial Intelligence in healthcare is not whether the technologies will be apt to be useful, but rather establishing their adoption in daily clinical practice.

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The impact of coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, it triggered and harmed several industries including healthcare and pharma. However, going ahead, the healthcare sector has an immense opportunity to innovate and bring in a paradigm shift in the sector. It is an opportunity to adopt new technologies to bring fundamental changes in the sector to prepare for any such future exigencies and serve the community in a better way. Even the countries best rated for healthcare facilities and infrastructure found it difficult to handle the current crisis, highlighting a need for major rethink and upgrade of this sector.

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