We all know turning back the hands of time is an impossible feat. But is it possible to use the past to prepare for the future? It most certainly is. The current COVID-19 crisis has revealed the importance of ensuring that the healthcare industry is properly suited for future pandemics. As a nation, it is our responsibility to be well-prepared to handle an attack of this degree.
Humans are creatures of habit. Although it takes a lot of determination to alter the way we do things, some change can reap tremendous rewards. Introducing innovative technology like NOVA (Nursing Observation and Virtual Assistant) by Wachter Healthcare Solutions can do just that. NOVA can transform the current processes utilized within healthcare facilities to improve patient and staff safety, eliminate supply shortages, and reduce the spread of infection.
NOVA uses HD cameras with two-way audio and video communication, multi-language features, night vision, privacy mode, and pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities to allow a trained technician to visualize a patient’s environment. Using these features can optimize the treatment of patients requiring isolation. Nurses can maintain visibility of patients and offline devices such as ventilators, IV’s, and drainage systems, while decreasing the amount of times they must wear protective medical gear and enter the room.
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated that as Coronavirus rears its head again in conjunction with the flu season, it will be far more difficult to treat.
In situations such as these, it is essential to be proactive rather than reactive. Utilizing NOVA for virtual patient observation can combat issues that healthcare professionals are facing today and in the future. The recurrence of another contagion of global proportion is inevitable, but it does not have to be as crippling. Winter is coming. With the help of technological advancements like NOVA we will be better equipped for the battle ahead.