A senior doctor at the age of 65, I am considered at high risk of contracting novel coronavirus from patients. The risk was that if I became infected, not only would that be dangerous for me, but I could pass the virus to patients who might spread it on to others still. Instead, I have done some video consultations. This exponential spread can be avoided by using telemedicine” – Eric Tropol, Director, Scripps Research Translational Institute, California.

Physicians in Italy have emphasized time and again that the “main” source of COVID-19 transmission is the hospitals as it is transmitting the disease from the COVID-19 patients to the non- COVID-19 patients. It’s high time that we neglect their concern and overlook the importance of virtual care for us as an individual and society. We need to act responsibly for the sake of humanity and embrace the benefits of digital and remote technologies.

How Vivify Health’s Remote Patient Monitoring can curb the spread?

  1. Screening – Screening at home is critical to stop the virulent spread. Patients with mild symptoms can easily self-screened for COVID-19 at home using our screening pathway. This will further help providers scale their availability be reducing the onslaught of worried patients converging on a facility.
  • Monitoring – Vivify Health cares for the community. We created COVID-19 Self-Isolation and Monitoring pathways that enable all patients, to continually upload and update their symptoms to a system monitored remotely by providers, as well as receive up-to-the-minute updates from current CDC guidelines
  • Virtual Care– A quick video visit with a doctor or a nurse can be done to avoid going to the hospitals. This will not only ensure the health and safety of the patients and caregivers but also help flatten the curve.

Telemedicine – A logical solution to the crisis

As a guest author in the Economist, Eric Tropol gives a logical explanation on the importance of using Telemedicine during the crisis of COVID-19. He reiterates the importance and usage of remote care not only amidst the pandemic but even after it subsides. He delves into the details of how the virtual care platform has replaced in-person care. He suggests leveraging video visits which is shown to be an effective medium for both the patients as well as clinicians.

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