U.S. healthcare is archaic but COVID-19 has forced it to rapidly change. Health systems are now being pushed to move beyond their pen to paper method and adopt technologies they put aside for too long. While the pandemic continues to rear its ugly head, there are long-lasting and positive changes that will remain.
1. The Doctor’s Office is Virtual
Telehealth is front and center in the COVID-19 era and the Trump administration has reduced major barriers that have inhibited physicians from using it in the past. Due to that effort, Forrester Research reported that in March alone telehealth visits surged by 50%.
Beyond virtual visits, we’re also seeing an increase in remote patient monitoring tools which is a subcategory of telehealth that allows patients to use mobile medical devices and technology to gather patient-generated health data and send it to healthcare professionals. The FDA issued guidance to expand the availability and use of these tools in the wake of COVID-19. Digital health companies, like our client AliveCor, actively responded to this guidance by offering their KardiaMobile 6L device to monitor and measure long QTc, a side effect of some of the drugs used to combat COVID-19, which can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.