How telemedicine transformed access to healthcare in the middle of a pandemic
The year 2020 placed a spotlight on the healthcare sector through a public health pandemic that has brought the entire world to a standstill. The SARS-COV19 virus which caused the pandemic has been described as a child of its age because of its infectivity and asymptomatic transmission.
It will also be remembered as the pandemic which largely outpaced the ability of nations’ health and care systems to contain and manage it. During these unprecedented times, healthcare professionals across the globe have paved the way for federations across countries to come together and chart a way forward to address some of the long-standing structural gaps.
During the first wave and rapidly rising second wave of the COVID-19 crisis, the masses are urged to stay at home and embrace virtual care as a means of accessing healthcare professionals.
Hospitals have ramped up their virtual care programs seemingly overnight, catapulting the industry into the present far sooner than expected.
For years, advocates have touted virtual care commonly referred to as telemedicine as one of the best ways to transform the healthcare system, delivering care when and where people want it.
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, mandatory social distancing and minimal physical consultations has made telemedicine the safest interactive system between patients, both infected and uninfected, and clinicians.
Telemedicine is rapidly redefining healthcare by helping people talk to doctors anytime from anywhere. In a broken healthcare system, this innovation is proving vital.
In an interview with newsmen,Ifeanyi Ossai, Founder & CEO of CribMD, stated that Telemedicine enables individuals to get quality treatment for non-emergency illnesses and injuries at the comfort of their homes.
“Through virtual consultations, patients receive convenient care at home and can start feeling better much sooner at an affordable price. Instead of going to the ER for minor cases, people can visit a virtual doctor at any time for quick, convenient advice and treatment. .”
“If the ER is still necessary, the virtual doctor will direct them to go there. With virtual consultations, parents can conveniently ensure their child receives the right care, and gain peace of mind,” Ossai said.
Ossai added that through telemedicine, healthcare providers can also remotely monitor patient data to identify potential problems noting that they can then quickly contact patients for a virtual consultation to recommend immediate treatment.
“At CribMD, we have created a platform that allows individuals to connect with physicians through their smartphones and discuss everyday health concerns without going into a clinic. Often with 24/7 access to a healthcare expert, telemedicine is growing into a patient-preferred way of receiving healthcare.”
CribMD is a telemedicine solution and doctor house-call digital outreach online company that combines modern health strategies and technological expertise to create a digital experience that addresses the challenges of medical health care accessibility by offering low-cost medical services from online to door-step outreach.