Technology for Health Professionals Safety

In this article, we will have a look at Harnessing Technology for Health Professionals Safety.

The days where doctors and patients had to physically meet and be in contact for diagnosis and treatment purposes are long gone. While this doesn’t mean that doctors have stopped seeing their patients, many healthcare specialists have been looking for new ways to help people. 

One of the most important lessons we’ve learned during the pandemic is that doctors cannot afford to be in the front line, especially when there is a risk of a global health crisis. Yet, healthcare specialists remain committed to caring for their patients. But, the concern about their safety, from either a physical or legal point of view, is growing. What can the healthcare sector do to protect its experts from potentially harmful repercussions without sacrificing patient care? 

Technology is becoming a more and more reliable option, as seen by many. 

Mobile apps

One of the most significant advancements in healthcare technology is the development of mobile applications that can enable doctors and patients to organize digital appointments and remote diagnosis. Many apps are now able to integrate with health and well-being routines, allowing users to track and manage their health. 

For instance, an app such as Zocdoc connects with wearable medical devices, which means that patients and healthcare experts can both access valuable insights and act with a full knowledge of the medical situation. 

Thermal cameras for early detection

Covid has highlighted the need for cameras that can capture the first signs of fever among the public. As such, thermal imaging camera solutions can be a game-changer through their ability to spot elevated temperatures. By being able to see fever without needing to touch patients, healthcare professionals can identify potential risks of infectious diseases without needing to be at the front line. 

This can be helpful in hospital and healthcare facilities, as thermal cameras can be installed at entrances and key locations. They can scan body temperature for anyone entering the premises. If an individual has an elevated temperature, they can be rapidly isolated and tested for potential illness. 

This can also be used for healthcare purposes in the animal world, reducing vet costs when it comes to monitoring cattle or stock’s health. Potentially risky animals can be isolated, allowing vets to address the issue safely and rapidly, rather than having to track and check an entire herd. 

AI analysis for informed diagnosis

Artificial intelligence has become the new kid on the block in the healthcare industry. Indeed, AI-driven technology, especially when it comes to data analysis and predictive interpretation, can support healthcare professionals in making better-informed decisions and diagnoses. This considerably reduces the margin for error, reducing the risk of legal complaints against doctors. 

AI does not replace medical experts. But instead, it can provide rapid analysis of vast amounts of medical data, which means that doctors can receive insights they wouldn’t be able to uncover on time if they were relying on manual analysis only. This not only enhances the accuracy of diagnoses and the speed at which a patient can be diagnosed, but it also maximizes the efficiency of the healthcare sector. In the long term, we can easily imagine that AI will become central to keep healthcare businesses productive and effective. 

Combining technology and healthcare is not a novelty. Yet, technology was, so far, reduced to medical equipment. Nowadays, technology can become central to the delivery of healthcare treatment, reducing human-made errors through insightful data.

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Haider Khalid

IP MPLS & Enterprise Core Network Engineer, CCIE# 52939
Haider Khalid is an IP MPLS & Enterprise Core Network Engineer (CCIE# 52939) who has worked with several ISPs & Telecom operators in Pakistan, Middle East and the UK. He is always keen to learn new technologies and likes to share them with his peers and other people. In case of any questions or feedback, please feel free to drop a comment below or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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