TECHNOLOGY: A Great Impact to the Healthcare System in the Philippines during the Pandemic
COVID-19 had an influence at a number of phases throughout the “universal” care pathway, including initial screening, referral to specialists, diagnosis, treatment initiation/surgery, and follow-up care.
Over the time of the pandemic, the incorporation of technology in healthcare has resulted in improved patient diagnosis and treatment. Healthcare is undoubtedly the most important of all the areas that have benefited from technological adoption. As a result, the quality of life has improved over time, and many lives have been spared.
Telemedicine, for example, was also used as a substitute for face-to-face appointments. Meanwhile, diagnoses may be made successfully even when the patient is not in the doctor’s office.
The emergence of telemedicine enterprises is due to consumer demand for more convenient care and the unavailability of overworked medical practitioners. Live health check-ups and consultations are available through social media platforms like Facebook and applications like Zoom and Google Meet. Less waiting time, less expense and time spent going to nearby health centers, and immediate access to prescriptions for specific ailments are just a few of the advantages.
Medical applications are beneficial for clinical comm unication on the go, patient education, and patient monitoring from afar. Some applications also include pharmacological references and medical calculators to aid patients in their search for a doctor’s prescription and assessment of their own health status. Weight loss and maintenance applications that promote a healthier lifestyle are also becoming more popular. On social media, health movements are already well-known.
People may use their resources more efficiently when they spend less time, energy, and money on staying healthy. In this way, medical advancements in the Philippines and a burgeoning economy directly improved the standard of living for the country’s poor.