Is Canada Falling Behind In Healthcare Technology In The Critical Time Of COVID-19?

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Coronavirus outbreak has brought a sudden jerk to the normal lives of the citizens of Canada and all around the world. With the reports that state more than 1,908,987 active cases of corona in the world, while the COVID-19 positive cases in Canada have reached more than 46,895. The increasing number and the statistics mentioned here are changing every day with the spreading effect of the dangerous virus.

The subsequent spread of the virus has brought the Canadian authorities on high alert, emphasizing on the orders of lockdown and maintaining social distancing to mitigate the effect of the range. But as the numbers speak, getting the situation under control is harder than it seems, thus bringing the healthcare industry under a peer pressure to give their best efforts to make their country COVID-19 free.

In-order to get help for our healthcare fighters in the battle against coronavirus, the Ontario government has made an announcement which called out all the citizens with a medical background to step forward and act as a helping hand for the doctors and healthcare staff which are treating thousands of patients in the hospital.

A Healthcare Workforce Matching Portal is created where the retired or the non-active healthcare professional as well as the students pursuing the healthcare field can voluntarily get themselves registered and give their part of the contribution in the form of service at various hospitals and healthcare camps thus filling the gaps in the healthcare system today.

Well, talking about the gaps in the healthcare industry, there was a time when the Canadian healthcare industry was utterly unaware of the term like telemedicine and virtual healthcare. Despite its ranking in the 11-top high-income countries and a sophisticated technology power at its fingertips, the health information

the technology was unable to build virtual healthcare apps as a part of the Canadian’s everyday life.

But if we look at the situations today, when getting out of the house even for the necessary treatment is more laborious. The increased risk for the healthcare workers to keep themselves away from the infected zones and the crowd in the hospital, a sudden surge in the adoption of virtual healthcare applications and software is seen in Canadian hospitals and citizens.

The submerged craze of the Telemedicine application, which was used rarely by the Citizens and hospitals, has now taken a hike leveraging the situation of coronavirus. With more people understanding the need for virtual healthcare applications and the advantages that it brings to them, the development rate of these apps has improved from 0 to 10 as people have overnight stopped walking and personally visiting the doctor’s clinic and have opted for receiving medical care through the online platforms.

This calls for doctors and the healthcare service owners to adopt the virtual healthcare treatment apps for their hospitals to give their patients the quality care that they deserve, especially in the crucial time of the pandemic.

 

Canadian hospitals joining hands with healthcare applications admits COVID-19

  • Child and Women’s hospital in Vancouver – BC along with 26 more healthcare facilities in the area are adopting the new age application to fight against the COVID-19 battle. The app named Canada COVID-19 App developed by a great collaboration between two tech giants of Vancouver Thrive Health and Traction on Demand along with government support is helping the healthcare workers solve problems and save the lives of their patients.
  • In order to reduce the increasing number of patients hitting emergency rooms, Dr. Jeff Powis and his team from Toronto have planned a COVID-19 screening clinic that consists of 14-room and has a capacity to screen thousands of patients in a day who may just have a normal cough and cold due to the season. This screening system and its capacity have reduced the unwanted rush to the emergency wards and hospitals freeing it for the patients with critical conditions and avoid the chances of the spread due to overcrowded hospitals.
  • With an aim to combat increasing death rates in the LTC homes in Canada, a healthcare startup Writi has launched a virtual healthcare solution which can help the senior get the quality healthcare facility by virtually connecting with the physicians through the mobile apps. It is a full-featured healthcare solution that enables physicians, DOC, nurses, and pharmacists to give connected care to the residents living in the LTC home. An Ontario based LTC home named Brampton’s Holland Christian Homes has recently implemented this solution to help their residents get virtual quality care.

 

The above list has no end as the healthcare workers and the technology experts in each and every corner of the country are making their best moves to ensure the safety of the citizens and stop the spread of the virus, thus uniting the medical and the tech power to produce some healthy solution to deal with the situation.

Well, this answer’s our question on the Canadian healthcare industry, as we can see that they have left no stone unturned to make sure the situations get back to normal by adopting every possible tech solution that can prove to be helpful for their citizens.

In the end, what we could summarize here is, there is a wave of change that the Canadain healthcare industry is adopting by moving the medical care process from conventional to the modernized virtual care that uses mobile phones and medical tech gadgets. Telemedicine, virtual healthcare solutions, wearable fitness tech-gadgets, healthcare tracking devices, and automated chatbots helping people with their basic healthcare-related queries are the upcoming gems of the healthcare industry which will make the citizens as well as the healthcare workers ready to fight any such COVID-19 like uncertainty in the future.

 

Author bio :

Parth Patel is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of SyS Creations – top IT Management and Consulting firm. He has been serving in the Canadian healthcare industry for more than 7 years. Along with his team, Parth Patel has earned expertise to brilliantly develop telehealth apps in Ontario and even developed a virtual healthcare solution for long-term care homes.