As we have discussed over time, the coronavirus pandemic has enabled a number of uses of technologies that have helped in several ways to fight Covid-19 or minimize its effects.
In the healthcare sector, for example, the initiatives will allow from remote consultations to applications directly with patients. Among these novelties, many should remain even after the end of this disease. Detective TC addresses some of them below.
From March 2020, this column highlights how telemedicine could be the right bet to control the pandemic. Two years later, the practice has consolidated and has shown that it will continue, even after the pandemic.
According to Zebra Technologies’ Healthcare Marketing Manager in Latin America, Andrés Ávila, the virtual service is affordable and can have quality results.
“While most people think of telemedicine in a context where the patient is at home, in the next few years we will see that it will also be used within the hospital itself, contributing to the monitoring and treatment of hospitalized patients as well.”
Marketing Manager for Healthcare at Zebra Technologies
However, the current remote consultation arrangements still need to be improved in the future, with the addition of new resources. For the specialist, telemedicine will incorporate communication, video monitoring and artificial intelligence applications to be more comprehensive.
Remote monitoring and mobile devices
Within hospitals, the pandemic has required the adoption of new technological tools to streamline operations. Examples include remote monitoring systems such as RFID (radio frequency identification), Bluetooth LE (low energy), and mobile computing.
These innovations enable real-time geo-localized monitoring from equipment, supplies and medicines, to patients and staff. Doctors are also able to check patient history and check vital signs, prescribed medications, and test orders via mobile devices.
“These solutions can increase staff operational efficiency by up to 97 percent, helping healthcare professionals not only improve resource and staff utilization, but also monitor and control potential infections or communicable diseases.”
Clinical smartphones with business tools also aid in communication for teams and mobile alert systems, which contributes to hospital management. Zebra data shows that 70% of medical errors can be attributed to communication problems.
“This explains why 9 out of 10 hospital decision makers will increase their spending on clinical mobility by expanding their use of mobile devices to gain real-time visibility into information, verify data, generate clearer communications and increase workforce productivity.”
Another relevant point is data protection. Also in the hospital environment, the digitization of on-site services raises concerns about the security of sensitive patient information.
As a result, health care facilities began looking for more specialized equipment that offered stronger security. Also, according to Ávila, 42% of hospitals plan to implement the use of mobile computers to encrypt data.
At the start of the social isolation measures, people only had to work from home. As restrictions eased, many companies stopped working only in the face-to-face environment and began alternating physical and remote working hours, in what became known as “hybrid work.”
This is yet another path of no return in the post-pandemic. According to a Microsoft global survey of job trends for 2022, released in mid-March, 58% of professionals in Brazil want to switch to the hybrid or remote model this year.
Already for around 53% of workers globally, health and well-being have become a priority over work.
Another change that should remain is the increased number of online services, many of which were previously only possible in person. The list includes the issuance, renewal and regularization of documents, such as the driving license and the electoral card.
Even the use of virtual versions of these documents – as we discussed in a previous article – is no longer a secondary use and begins to act as a primary alternative – as the physical version may not even be released.
And for you, what technology is here to stay during the new coronavirus pandemic? Tell us in the space below.