Over-engineering in healthcare is the best strategy for a pandemic

  • Generally, over-engineering isn’t a smart practise. However as recent events have shown us when it comes to a medical crisis, it’s the safest strategy.
  • When it comes to the solutions they pursue, most organisations have set goals. They choose not to compensate for the over-engineering of unnecessary functionality in solutions. Medical supplies, facilities, and staffing are places where over-engineering, particularly during a second or third) wave, will be a welcome surprise during a pandemic.

Medical supplies

Personal protective equipment was in short supply at the onset of the pandemic. It would have been preferable for most medical clinics, nursing homes, hospitals, and companies to deal with an over-engineering or over-stock crisis. It wouldn’t be different going into the second wave of COVID-19. It would be welcome to have an excess stock of antibacterial materials, gloves, gowns, shoe protectors, masks, face shields, and other personal security equipment.

Medical equipment

  • When it is available and designed with an intended intent in mind, technology is a great thing. Critical supply shortages of goods such as ventilators, sterilisation equipment, and other health technology such as 3D printers for producing equipment have been reported in this pandemic and are vital for sustaining life.
  • Outdated or under-engineered equipment is a nightmare for a medical professional. Although it might be a nice-to-have to over-engineer these kinds of technology, it is easier to have it than you wish.
  • This especially applies to technology for dealing with microscopic particles or microorganisms. Technologies that help health care practitioners capture, interpret and report results on a wide scale from patient evaluations are also valid.

Staffing

  • In the battle against the pandemic, most people remember direct frontline employees, but few think about the position of other professionals, such as project managers. In the battle against a medical crisis like COVID-19, these are some of the most important but least-recognized.

  • Project managers help find holes in the service and supply chain, resolve problems in leadership, and identify deficiencies in frontline personnel. In order to get ahead of the next crisis, they are also active in designing preparation strategies.

  • These leaders will help minimise risk, together with medical practitioners at all levels, and determine the best solutions to cope with the next crisis and ways to deal with the current one. Read More From Source

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