Healthcare IoT and AI technologies are rapidly being incorporated into healthcare products and practices at a rapid fire pace due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both technology companies and MedTech equipment manufacturers alike are racing to create products and treatments that can reduce the impact of the coronavirus. While such action is crucial right now, the pace of innovation in this area needs to remain so since the future impact of the COVID-19 virus is still widely unknown. The article below discusses some of the developments that are taking place now in this ultra-important area, and why.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world as nations struggle to keep the coronavirus infection rate and deaths low. With much of the world under lockdowns, many health experts believe effective testing and contact tracing are two things that must be in place as soon as possible.
Here’s a look at how the pandemic is emphasizing the need for smart healthcare and encouraging MedTech companies to respond.
NEW TECH MAY ENABLE EARLIER DETECTION
Health experts are working hard to learn as much as they can about COVID-19. One of the notable findings was that a person could spread it to others before they start feeling sick. The research discovered that 44% of cases occurredwhen a person caught the virus from someone who did not show symptoms.
The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses a wide range of connected devices. Many gadgets made by healthcare IoT companies focus on monitoring, such as helping a person with diabetes track their blood sugar or assisting someone with depression gauge how their moods change over time.
However, the coronavirus has urged health tech companies to figure out how to find the people who are sick before they realize it. One example involves a fitness tracker called WHOOP and a study involving the Cleveland Clinic and Australia’s CQ University.