The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the surface various loopholes and improvement avenues in the traditional healthcare industry. The crippling effects of the pandemic have also successfully demonstrated the potential of futuristic technologies in the healthcare industry. The digital health intelligence is just one of the various technologies recently has come up as a leading healthcare technology with the potential to manage severe public health challenges like that of Covid-19.
Keeping in view the potential of the digital business intelligence for managing the global health crisis, the White House Office of Science and Technology has already called for the technology companies to come up with intelligent solutions to the Covid-19 challenges. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken up the potential of the digital health technology and surveillance systems, by recognizing its positive influence on public health in wake of global health challenges as the Covid-19.
Below, we have come up with a few examples of how digital health intelligence has played a central role in managing and controlling the spread of Covid-19. The technology not only assisted in flattening the curve of the virus infections but also assists in the treatment of the people infected with the virus. The good news is that it’s only the beginning of the role of digital technologies in the healthcare industry and Covid-19 has only further cemented the value of adapting to these technologies by healthcare institutions. As technology is integrated by more and more healthcare industries, we may expect to see more innovations and breakthroughs to better manage future health challenges of a global scale.
Tracking the Coronavirus Pandemic
The most important role played by the digital health technologies during the Covid-19 pandemic is to manage and control the spread of the virus by early identification of potential infections. Healthcare departments around the world have restricted the testing for Covid-19 to just the symptomatic patients and healthcare workers, due to the unavailability and cost of the testing kits. Moreover, the time lag between patients getting physical symptoms of the infection, and when it gets to the point of getting diagnosed in the kit is also the reason why healthcare departments around the world have restricted the testing of patients of the virus.
In this scenario, various digital health intelligence technologies like smart thermometers are enabling people to keep up with their health by continuously checking their temperature at home, which is then sent over to the connected authorities to monitor any potential spike in the temperature of the persons and trace the Covid-19 spread. The data recovered from digital health intelligence technologies like the smart thermometer has largely improved the management capacity of the healthcare department to keep a close track of the spread of infections, by planning strategically and allocating the resources to the most serious and potentially confirmed cases. The instant reporting of temperatures and subsequent sharing of data with concerned authorities along with the area and zip code has also helped authorities to plan out stricter containment measures for Covid-19 hotspots and stop further spread of the infectious disease.
Monitoring Visitors and Patients
Apart from smart healthcare equipment, Artificial Intelligence has also come up as a crucial digital health intelligence technology that has helped the healthcare industry in the United States and elsewhere to screen visitors for the symptoms, as well as, to effectively treat infected patients. Hospitals, where digital health intelligence technology has been implemented, have proved to be more effective in managing and treatment of the Covid-19 pandemic. For instance, the Tampa General Hospital in Florida has implemented the digital health intelligence system that is able to screen the visitors with facial scanners, which analyze the thermal scans and facial attributes of the visitors to check for temperature.
Similarly, there are other digital health intelligence technologies like “FluSense” currently being developed at the University of Massachusetts. The new Artificial Intelligence-powered system would be able to analyze the cough sounds and assess the potential of spreading any viral diseases. Hospitals around the world are now implementing such intelligent systems, as a frontline measure to control and manage the spread of the Covid-19 infection, as well as, new systems are being tested to prepare better for the future incident of a global pandemic.