COVID-19 has transformed almost all of our lives, including the way patients look after themselves. As an entry point for people who are exposed to the new coronavirus, hospital UX and urgency facilities continue to be important. However, many medical offices and smaller clinics are again available to see patients.
Exposure to the new coronavirus remains a major health issue, especially for individuals who are at higher risk of death or complications. Another major effect of the epidemic, however, is that many people don’t seek treatment even for regular health issues because of their safety concerns. This can make current health issues – especially chronic – worse. It might also allow problems that could be easy to cure if detected up early and more difficult and costly to handle.
1: Offer visits to telemedicine
Telemedicine software is one of the easiest methods to limit exposure. This enables clinicians to see patients for most visits without having to come to the clinic. Only the most serious instances or situations in which a patient cannot be seen can be saved for visits in person. Telemedicine is great for chronic healthy patients who need to check often, but who don’t have to be in the examination room at all times.
2: Use Check-in and Registration Online Tools
We discover that if people are close to one other for a longer time, the virus will spread more quickly. You may decrease exposure by employing online check-in instruments together with masks, cleaning waiting spaces, and restricting crowds in the waiting room. Patients use smartphones or computers to complete all their documents beforehand so that they may spend less time in the waiting area with others.
3: Patient Portal Communication
You may share many of the details with patients via a patient website. You can also send direct messages in addition to requests for medicines refill and laboratory results reporting. This helps a patient to receive answers to short queries that can prevent them from going to your clinic unnecessarily where others can become exposed.
4: Regular sanitation of your clinic and good hygiene practices
All the equipment in the world will not replace proper hygiene and cleanliness. Consider updating your air filtration system in your clinic or adding portable HEPA air filters, have your employees routinely wash hands, store them with PPE, and regularly clean high-touch areas throughout the day.