July 23, 2020 - Parul Saini, Webmedy Team
The continuous spread of COVID-19 has given health care providers the ultimate stress test over the past months, but EHR use has helped them overcome many of the problems. From building field hospitals and installing EHR systems at no cost to lower hospital crowd, or placing together surge capacity support to help providers prepare for a large number of patients, EHR telehealth has been a blessing for care providers and patients.
EHR vendors and companies have stepped up to help control the coronavirus pandemic by offering telehealth a mainstream choice, improving EHR data access, providing better insight by way of analytics, and co-operating to develop detailed COVID-19 dashboards.
EHR dashboards can be used to track COVID-19 and make an effective response utilizing EHR data. Administrators can make forecasts about the spread of the coronavirus, identify hotspots, and recognize patterns. EHR data is key in bettering critical decisions at critical times during this COVID-19 crisis.
The ability to quickly enter and share patient data electronically enables doctors to free up time and focus more effectively on the patient that needs more attention and the care plan that they need to formulate for the patient.
During this time of COVID-19, telehealth usage has skyrocketed due to the increased burden on hospitals and the enormous need for social distancing to help curb the spread of the virus. In a survey study conducted by Sykes Enterprises, about three-quarters of the respondents said that they would use telehealth treatment if they encounter coronavirus symptoms. Of the 20% who have tried telehealth, almost 60% have used it more than once and almost 37% stated they would try it again. According to the 2019 survey by J.D. Power, telehealth has a tremendous satisfaction rate than other healthcare choices.
The pandemic has caused healthcare organizations to concentrate on the hurdles that come from the coronavirus, such as capacity planning for Medical Staff, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and ICU beds. Analysis of telehealth volumes can be used for estimating the demand for health systems and amenities.
The scope of telemedicine innovations that clinics can use varies, but it could involve spending in anything from video hardware to help remote meetings or telemedicine vehicles to handle tests with hospitalized patients from outside their rooms. For those healthcare groups that did not have telemedicine in the house or those that are appending extra services at this time, training could be a barrier. Yet something as essential as doing the online waiting room innovations holds patients from stacking up near one another while they wait for their test in person. It's worth mentioning that clinics have different capabilities for using telemedicine right now, but those that can give telehealth services to any level are viewing benefits.