How contactless experiences will redefine healthcare and public health.
COVID-19 has caused a hastened shift in clinical care to telehealth. Telehealth has been a growing trend in recent years, but the fear surrounding COVID-19 has quickened its adoption dramatically.
A recent report published by McKinsey suggests that as much as $250 billion in current healthcare spending may be virtualized. This report also highlights
- A jump from 11% of US consumers saying they were moderately or highly likely to use telehealth going forward, to now 76%.
- Survey respondents said they are now conducting 50 to 175 times the number of telehealth visits than they did prior to COVID-19.
- 57% reporting that they now view telehealth more favorably.
A separate study done by non-profit group FAIR Health also suggests a dramatic increase in the use of telehealth. The group suggests a 4,000% increase in telehealth claims across the country. The rapid incorporation of telehealth has given rise to many new digital health tools. Self-triaging and contact tracing are among this new breed of digital health applications.
Virtual examinations: When possible, examinations will be performed remotely.
Some of the conditions that may be best addressed in a telehealth visit are:
- Seasonal flu
- Sinus problems
- Some mental health visits (depending on coverage)
- Sore throat
- Urinary tract infection
Self-triage: The process by which patients evaluate their health to determine whether or not to see their doctor.
Contact tracing: Contact tracing is a measure for disease control. Public health professionals work with patients to develop a list of everyone they have been in close contact with during a certain period. The staff will then contact those people to let them know about their possible exposure so that they can take proper precautions.
At AegisPPE, we have been working diligently to supply medical facilities with facemasks, respirators, gowns, gloves, hand sanitizer, and eye protection (i.e., face shields or goggles).