Technological Advancements in Healthcare IT Services During COVID-19 Pandemic to leave a Long-Lasting Impact on Market, Says PMR

Date : Apr 29, 2020 Author : PMR Editorial Staff

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, it creates a need for new capabilities in healthcare to screen temperature and trace infected contacts.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, it creates a need for new capabilities in healthcare to screen temperature and trace infected contacts. The exponential rise in demand for such capabilities has created a strain on the healthcare sector. Academic institutions, healthcare providers, and IT vendors are creating new solutions highly capable of dealing with the changing demographics during the COVID-19 pandemic. Different healthcare organizations are implementing these new technologies in supporting their processes in the management of COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizations are leveraging advanced technologies such as the virtual assistant to propagate information and education regarding COVID-19 across the organization. Amid the surrounding uncertainties, scenario planning has emerged as a vital component in maximizing the value of IT investments in healthcare. Enterprises are using clinical analytics to set up multidisciplinary teams for validating clinical efficacy and providing the required security, privacy, and support. The exponential surge in demand for healthcare facilities along with the rise in emergency clinical analytics highlight the important aspects of the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual Reality Enhances The Efficiency Of Healthcare Programs

With help of the technologies providing different types of analytics, health care providers are updating their electronic health records to facilitate a smooth workflow in COIVD-19 related processes. The adoption rate of virtual care programs has increased significantly, creating better prospects for the healthcare sector for IT vendors. Data and analytics tools are being used to enhance the operational insights in managing COIVD-19 crisis. The emergence of 5th generation technology has opened doors of opportunities for the IT providers in the healthcare sector. Many scaling economies are utilizing telehealth options to spread awareness regarding COVID-19.

With such an escalated requirement of Information technology products, the adoption rate for cloud computing has substantially surged in the healthcare sector. Personal health companion providers are using cloud computing to create products that analyze the data supplied by the patients to quickly identify the underlying ailment. The quality and safety recording systems have gained traction in the market for its feature to track the progress in any health care system. Different companies are developing apps that aid in reporting about COVID-19 patients. For instance, GP service Babylon Health, a UK based company has launched a care assistant in its app. This app enables symptom logging and guidance on a daily basis which assists both, the consumers and healthcare providers.

With rapid changes in the healthcare infrastructure across the healthcare system, healthcare quality management becomes an essential component. The high risks of medical errors in management of different data arise situations that demand quality maintenance. With the help of advanced technologies such as cloud computing, healthcare providers are maintaining quality in all their collecting and reporting procedures.

Healthcare Apps Boost Screening Of COVID-19 Patients

To reduce unnecessary strain on the acute care services, numerous virtual assistants that use natural language for conversational interfaces are being used by different enterprises. The market for chatbots has enlarged with its high adoption rate in the healthcare domain. Orbita launched chatbot screener and knowledge base that can be deployed on the organization's website to facilitate education and screening of COVID-19 symptoms. It further equips the organization with tools for making virtual appointments and virtual visits.

The integrated health information system in Singapore has developed iThermo in partnership with a startup named Kronikare, taking the reporting and analytics in healthcare to a new level during the COVID-19 pandemic. This automated temperature screening solution employs AI and integrated smart phone cameras to measure the temperature from a distance of three meters. Advancements in information technology in Healthcare have evolved into a tool to mitigate the spread of corona virus with social distancing.

Smart Solutions Assist In Contract Tracing

Information technology is also assisting the healthcare systems in contract tracing. IT converts this labor-intensive procedure into a smart process with the help of GPS trackers and alert systems. Healthcare facilities are using advanced IT products to track patient flow and analytics. Such solutions are gaining preference for their attributes such as capacity management, enhanced decontamination management, and efficient testing.

COVID-19 pandemic as once-in-a century challenge has even changed the nature of ambulatory care in the healthcare sector. IT advancements are being leveraged to transform ambulatory care in a virtual environment. PMR expects the presence of a virtual environment to act as the major revenue driver in the market. With enhanced convenience, the number of virtual visits has increased, positively influencing the revenue influx in the market. Information Technology in  healthcare is witnessing a bandwidth burden with augmenting demand for home-based facilities. COVID-19 has brought in tremendous opportunities for advanced technologies such as AI in the identification and treatment of different ailments. The Healthcare IT industry is augmenting at a rapid pace which is expected to further accelerate with advancements in technology.