Since the pandemic began the world has experienced a complete or partial lockdown. This meant we were not allowed to go out of their homes so that we could maintain social distancing. Even though social distancing did help in controlling the infection rate of COVID 19, it does have its pitfalls. This article will look into the effects of COVID 19 on the healthcare industry.
According to the American Journal of Tropical Healthcare and Medicine, while most western countries had suffered from high death rates and are now stable, the poorer countries are suffering the most due to lack of a proper healthcare system. This shortfall can be explained by their inadequate supply of healthcare facilities and technologies.
To mitigate this issue, there has been tremendous growth in Telehealth services all over the world. According to the CDC, Telehealth visits had skyrocketed by 150% during March 2020. Both patients and doctors welcomed this change as it decreased the likelihood of spreading the coronavirus.
Tele-healthcare has gained significant popularity during the pandemic. According to Forbes, this trend in growth is likely to expand in 2021. This is because Telehealth is especially useful in treating chronic conditions. These diseases require a long-term treatment plan and Telehealth has been able to significantly cut down a lot of hurdles.
The rise of healthcare technology is beneficial for poorer countries around the world. Due to their lack of healthcare infrastructure, this gap can be breached by the emergence of Telehealth technology.
This development in Telehealth technology has allowed users from remote areas to consult with doctors using a mobile phone with an internet connection. These people have been neglected for far too long. They lacked access to basic health facilities and needed to travel to the cities for treatment. Now, this recent boom in tele-healthcare has allowed medical facilitators to reach the remotest part of the world and provide treatment to the most vulnerable.
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