Healthcare Providers Are Using Technology to Connect with Hospital Patients
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has pushed hospitals and healthcare systems to their limits, forcing them to adapt quickly to a changing work environment. Many have turned to technology to help treat patients while simultaneously helping to reduce providers’ exposure to the virus.
Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in New York state “is expanding a program to outfit coronavirus patients’ rooms with Amazon Echo Shows, two-way video calling devices that allow providers to check in with patients on video”. Healthcare workers at Massachusetts General Hospital got creative with iPads, attaching them to IV poles “to create makeshift video portals to communicate with patients in isolation rooms”. And North Shore University Hospital on Long Island has been piloting new video calling devices that are “equipped with a screen, front-facing camera and microphone, that sit on a bedside table in a patient’s hospital room”. The device can be controlled by healthcare providers in a different room, allowing them to check on patients without physically entering the room. It doesn’t require any physical interaction with the device by the patient – they only have to respond verbally, making it a very user friendly solution.
During These Challenging Times, What Limitations Have You Seen in Your Current Infrastructure in Healthcare?
As the industry tests more technology solutions and demand increases, some healthcare infrastructure networks can become strained, and inhibit patient care. In worse case situations, critical patient information could be delayed, or even dropped by an underperforming network, putting lives at risk. And being able to interact less with patients via technology, would require more in-person interactions putting healthcare workers at greater risk.
Investing in a New Infrastructure Now, Can Help You Better Prepare for the Future
The use of technology in hospitals won’t end with the epidemic. Instead, healthcare providers will learn to rely on technology even more in the future. And legacy systems with traditional copper wiring won’t be able to keep up with the demands of the future. Qypsys has vast experience working within the healthcare industry deploying next generation technology solutions. And these fiber-based solutions will create the foundation for today’s network needs while simultaneously preparing the facility for the future. Qypsys can help you upgrade your healthcare network infrastructure now to better prepare for a more competitive and tech-friendly future. Complete a contact request form to learn more.
Article source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/19/tech/technology-coronavirus-northwell-health-amazon/index.html