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Technology against covid-19

COVID-19 and Role of Technology

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2020 opened with a disaster of Australian bushfires but it didn’t stop there it had something else in the bag for the world. COVID-19 has shadowed the world right now, no place on earth is safe such is the spread of this dreadful disease is. During these trying times any help that people can gather comes as a spring of life for people. All the professions and fields of work are trying their level best to introduce new technology against COVID-19 to counter this situation. Similarly, tech isn’t lagging, in these contemporary times when most of our lifestyles revolve around tech related goods and equipment tech must keep up the pace with a pandemic of such scale.

A lot of app developers are partnering up with pharmaceutical companies and doctors to provide patients the ease of consultation and tele-medicine at their homes. They can log in to these apps by downloading them from either Playstore or Appstore depending on what OS you are using. These apps are really helpful as they help with any minor inconveniences you might face during the lockdown. People can access them and ask for consultations on diabetes, hypertension, etc. by adding in technology against COVID-19, the developers said this can help millions of people stay safe as they would not leave the security of their houses and get the opinion of world-class doctors and pharmaceutical experts.

COVID-19 came in hard and swift and as it was a first of its kind pandemic medical experts and healthcare workers didn’t have much time to prepare. To counter this a free online resource has been launched. This assure that every healthcare professional receives the essential knowledge about how to keep themselves and their patients safe. They also provide access to any updates and new guidelines regarding the research taking place all over the world. It is a very critical step because in all the rush of COVID-19 it is critical that we keep our front line defenders i.e. healthcare workers ready and prepared.

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Facebook is one of the biggest tech companies in the world. They also own Instagram and WhatsApp, so the reach they possess is enormous. The owner of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have donated $13.6 million to research that is dedicated to COVID-19. This research is being conducted in collaboration with some of the biggest in institutes in the world. This research aims to find out how exactly COVID-19 spreads and what areas are being affected the most and the reasons for it. They are planning on compiling this data and handing it over to the concerned parties so they can be more effective in their fight against COVID-19.

Another great initiative being taken by medical companies is designing a test that is easy to use. Tech has allowed us to develop safety measures and methods that may be impossible to produce in the past. These test kits allow the patients to perform a test by themselves. Cotton swabs in the shape of Q tips are being used to collect samples from the nose and saliva. These are then put into an airtight sealed bag that comes included with a test and sent to a lab for molecular testing. This is a safe way to get yourself tested in a time where lockdown is being observed, this will allow you to get tested without even stepping outside your home.

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Wearables are playing a vital role in containing COVID-19. Countries have introduced bracelets that keep track of the patients that were tested positive for COVID-19. They allow the doctors and healthcare workers to closely track their patients without being physically there all the time. They also double as a strict tracking and tracking device, allowing governments to keep track of people who are infected so they can observe if the patients are observing the rules of their isolation or not. The authorities are notified if the patients breach the guidelines of their isolation or if the bracelet gets powered out. This is a great way to keep the spread of COVID-19 under check as the number of cases is increasing day by day.

All of these examples show us how in contemporary world tech can help us in fighting COVID-19 to the fullest. Which of these technologies you think is groundbreaking? The world is going through a tough phase right now but with all of the big tech companies pitching in we can fight this together and move towards the containment and eventually the elimination of COVID-19.

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M. Ahmad Zia is a technology entrepreneur and a researcher in healthcare technology. Click the link below to get in touch with him.

Hospital Architecture Design

Hospital Architecture Design Trends and Modern Technology

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Technology is being considered as the gateway to new possibilities. Many of the hospitals are installing technological advancements in their facilities. If you lack the proper knowledge about these or you think that your facility lacks all the modernity and attractiveness, this is the right time to educate yourself about technology trends being used in hospital architecture design.

It’s only right that day by day advancements in technology should also be bought in the healthcare department. E.g. the procedures involving checking in are made swift with the help of digital kiosks & the level of healthcare patients receive is improved with the introduction of tele-medicine. If you want to give your hospital a chance to reach its maximum potential you’ll need to concentrate on these healthcare / hospital architecture design trends.

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Digital Kiosks:

Hospitals can greatly benefit from the installation of digital kiosks, as they are easy to operate and the facilities don’t have to store large bundles of paper, the data is online and can be looked at in an instant. Using digital kiosks also reduces the chances of mistakes made by the administration staff. Here the two-fold usages of digital kiosks come to play, before an appointment patients are presented with wait-time information and all the digital paperwork. They serve a lot of purposes like they help people who might be stressed or have hearing problems it also eliminates the need of having a physical receptionist. It also makes the process of payment easier for the patient as all they have to do is swipe their credit card into these kiosks and the payment will be made to the bank.

Tele-medicine:

More than 50% of hospitals are using tele-medicine. They connect through video calls and provide consultations. This is not limited to doctors and patients only, doctors are using it to get a second review from other qualified doctors present in other places. They keep the patients in the loop and they don’t have to come in for minor inconveniences. There are cardiac monitors and bottles which remind patients that it is time for their medication. Patients can get consultations from the doctors wherever they are with the help of big halls and rooms which are fitted with computers consisting of large video cameras and screens.

Virtual Reality:

Technology can be the guiding hand during the design process. How we do business with our clients can be greatly impacted and enhanced by the use of Virtual Reality (VR). VR lets you do things that might be surreal in real life, e.g. feeling a 3D design of the hospital. This then leads to aid our clients in making decisions that are more suited to the building’s layout. E.g. a 3D model can help if the equipment being installed comfortable for patients or not? They can also keep the patients by showing them different calming landscapes or maybe by experiencing their favorite video on YouTube.

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Mobile Computer Workstations:

The hospital staff can view the information and other critical data as they move from one to another via wheeled workstations. This is critical as doctors work in shifts and this will help them to bridge the gap that change in shifts might create. Doctors can come in and monitor their patients on the go and not waiting for someone to fill them in on their situation.

Sensors and wearable technology:

Wearable technology can help the staff of hospitals to keep a closer eye on the patients. They convey real-time data to the staff, so they have the patients under observation 24/7. They can continuously look for infected cells in your body and may alert the user about it. They also keep track of your vitals and will know if you are suffering from a stroke. This kind of personalized care to all which would otherwise take a lot of manpower and time to accomplish. Wearables are proving to be an increasingly popular way to diagnose chronic health conditions. The faster a patient is diagnosed the faster the treatment gets underway.

Healthcare staffing management technology:

50% of expenses procured at a hospital are of staffing and labor. Staffing management technology can keep those costs to the minimum without foregoing patient care. Implementing this into your hospital will make it more reliable and efficient that too at a reasonable cost.

Robotics:

Contemporaryhospitals are equipped with robotics which aid them in different surgeries. They help the surgeons by making small incisions instead of making large ones. Their small size allows them to reach those nooks and corners which might be impossible for a human hand to reach. Other useful healthcare technologies consisting of robotics are exoskeletons which can help the paralyzed patients walk. Foreign objects in the body can be manually removed from the aid of Nanobots.

There are a number of technologies like these, that if used correctly can be a big step forward in the right direction. Do any other similar technology related to hospital architecture design comes into your mind that can revolutionize the way we treat our patients and run our facilities? Write in the comment section to add that in the list as well. You can’t even imagine how much it can help the healthcare communities and save how lives.

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