The coronavirus pandemic has made it apparent that flaws in the healthcare system cause people to slip through the cracks and that the current infrastructure is not fit for everyone. An overwhelming demand for healthcare services during various Covid infection waves placed a strain on an already weak system, stretching it to a veritable breaking point.

Recent events have forced healthcare authorities and providers to reexamine current systems and evaluate them against modernized measures that could streamline them, making them more accessible and convenient. Here are some ways that this could be possible.

Home treatment

Many people have turned to San Francisco house calls to get health care during the pandemic. Using this service, they can receive treatment in their home, office, or hotel for various conditions. Patients requiring primary and urgent care can request a house call or use this option for the same type of care they can get in a clinic.

Home treatment options include:

  • Covid in-home testing
  • Monoclonal antibody treatment
  • IV therapies packed with vitamins to treat dehydration and other conditions
  • Vaccinations
  • Flu shots
  • Lab tests
  • Diagnostic screenings

Beyond getting quality care, people opting for home treatment will free space in a doctor’s consulting rooms and hospitals for others. It prevents a backlog of patients or shortage of hospital beds, something quite common in healthcare facilities that must often turn people away due to a resource shortage. The more people that can be treated at home opens access to those that need it most.

Telemedicine

With so many processes going online during Covid, it is no wonder that the telemedicine industry is booming. People are turning to this new method of health care that gives them the treatment they need without leaving their homes. They receive treatment from healthcare professionals over the phone or using an internet connection.

Telemedicine has drastically improved people’s access to healthcare, especially those living in remote areas who would typically travel hundreds of miles to see a specialist, or those with mobility considerations.

Patients can get prescription refills for chronic conditions without physically needing to see a doctor, freeing up time for medical professionals to devote to other patients.

Many people take advantage of telemedicine for therapy to help them deal with issues like anxiety and depression. While telemedicine cannot replace an in-person healthcare consultation, it is congruently effective as a healthcare support measure and for long-term management of chronic conditions.

Preventive healthcare

Patients often wait until they are ill before seeking healthcare instead of using preventive measures to remain healthy. For example, they get the flu and want to see a doctor when this illness could have been prevented or minimized by having a flu shot. Women do not go for an annual smear test that facilitates early detection of multiple conditions, only consulting a doctor once they start showing symptoms.

The healthcare system needs to make preventive healthcare measures more available to patients by educating them about their options and offering some services free of charge. People will take advantage of them, maintain their health, and not strain the healthcare system. Government campaigns offering preventive healthcare measures could lead to a decline in hospital admissions for serious illnesses.

One-stop shopping

Many superstores and pharmacies offer some healthcare services to limit how many patients seek doctor’s consultations. Many employ qualified nurses to render clinical care to patients, offering services at lower prices and making them more accessible to people. For example, some institutions have nurses available to perform injections, IV treatments, and offer nutritional advice.

Superstore and pharmacy chains offer thousands of locations for patients to seek help. This fulfills the first requirement of making such services more accessible and convenient. Reduced prices make it more affordable, leading people on a budget to seek treatment and maintain their health, acting proactively to prevent the development of serious illnesses. These retailers also fill and ship prescriptions, negating the need for patients to visit their stores physically.

Cutting out the bureaucracy

Healthcare facilities are often overwhelmed by bureaucratic procedures that make service delivery challenging. Administrators often insist on so much paperwork that professionals spend more time on this function than offering healthcare.

Data management systems that allow authorized institutions to access patient information will act as timesavers. When patients present at a doctor’s office or the hospital, their information and treatment history should be available to professionals, balanced against respecting their privacy and patient confidentiality. This will cut out a lot of paperwork and time wasted on administrative tasks.