Social Distancing is the prescription of choice today for limiting the spread of Covid 19. While most people will not suffer greatly if affected, this is not true for those who are aging, immunocompromised, and/or have chronic health conditions. These members of our community are most at risk and are also in the greatest need of care, and social interaction.
In times of crisis, healthcare can become compromised, stretching resources beyond their capacity. Perhaps the most long-lasting effect of the Coronavirus pandemic will be the willingness to look at alternative options for care. Decisions made today will influence the future of healthcare in many ways.
Technologies being emphasized to address the immediate needs of today, such as Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring help to reduce the need for the face-to-face interactions that risk exposing both those who need and those who provide care. These technologies also address the critical component of care resources, as they enable caregivers access to individuals remotely, in a more time efficient manner.
While Social Isolation supports the Flatten the Curve initiative, social isolation should not mean isolation. Through a combination of technology to keep families and care providers connected to the health of loved ones, and social initiatives we can reduce loneliness.
So why are we giving away Remote Patient Monitoring? In times like this we need to react quickly in order to save lives. As a company focused on preventative care, we want to put our plans in action now, when the benefits will have the most impact.
The New York Times posted a concise guide (https://nyti.ms/2IUbjXe) on how to help.
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