Coronavirus: Watch the tech trends that will continue after the pandemic | Detective TC

As we’ve discussed over time, the coronavirus pandemic has allowed a series of uses for technologies that in various ways have either helped fight Covid-19 or reduce its effects.

In the health field, for example, initiatives from remote consultations to applications will allow directly with patients. Among these novelties, much must remain even after the end of this disease. Detective TC addresses some of them below.

telemedicine

Since March 2020, this column has highlighted how telemedicine can be the right bet for controlling a pandemic. Two years later, the practice was reinforced and shown to continue, even after the pandemic.

According to the marketing director for the health sector at Zebra Technologies in Latin America, Andrés vila, the virtual service is convenient and can have quality in its results.

“While most people think of telemedicine in a context where the patient is at home, we will see in the coming years that it is also used within the hospital itself, contributing to the monitoring and treatment of even inpatients.”

Andres Avila

Healthcare Marketing Manager at Zebra Technologies

However, existing methods for remote consultations still need to be improved in the future, with new resources added. For the specialist, telemedicine will include applications of communications, video monitoring and artificial intelligence, to be more complete.

Remote monitoring and mobile devices

Within hospitals, the pandemic has required the adoption of new technological tools to improve operations. Examples include remote monitoring systems such as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), Bluetooth LE (low energy), and mobile computing.

These innovations enable real-time tracking and geographic location of equipment, supplies, and medicines to patients and staff. Doctors can also check patient history, check vital signs, prescribed medications, and test requests through mobile devices.

“These solutions can increase employee operational efficiency by up to 97%, helping healthcare providers not only optimize the use of assets and employees, but also track and control potential infections or infectious diseases.”

Clinical smartphones with business tools also help connect teams and mobile alert systems, contributing to hospital management. Zebra data shows that 70% of medical errors can be attributed to poor communication.

“This explains why 9 out of 10 hospital decision makers are increasing spending on clinical mobility by expanding their use of mobile devices to gain real-time visibility into information, validate data, create clearer communications, and increase workforce productivity.”

data protection

Another relevant point is data protection. Still in a hospital environment, the digitization of on-site services generates concerns about the security of sensitive patient information.

Consequently, health care facilities began to look for more specialized equipment, which provides more robust security. In addition, according to Avila, 42% of hospitals plan to implement the use of laptop computers for data encryption.

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hybrid work

At the beginning of the social isolation measures, people only had to work from their homes. With the loosening of restrictions, many companies stopped working only in a face-to-face environment and started switching actual working hours and telecommuting hours – in what became known as “mixed working”.

This is another path of no return in the post-pandemic period. According to Microsoft’s global survey of business trends for 2022, released in mid-March, 58% of professionals in Brazil want to switch to the hybrid or remote model throughout this year.

Already for about 53% of workers globally, health and well-being has become a priority above work.

Online Documents

The other change that should remain is the greater number of online services, many of which were previously only possible in person. The list includes the issuance, renewal and settlement of documents, such as a driver’s license and voter registration card, for example.

Even the use of virtual copies of these documents – as we discussed in a previous column – is no longer a secondary use and begins to function as a major alternative – since the actual copy may not be released.

And to you, what technology is there to stay during the novel coronavirus pandemic? Let us know in the space below.

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