HIStalk Readers Write: How Health Systems Use Technology in New Ways to Adapt to COVID-19

Saving the lives of patients and protecting care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented healthcare management challenge. Unlike a hurricane that passes in a few days, COVID-19 could be with us for quite a long time.

A public health emergency response creates large-scale logistical issues. Hospitals are changing protocols, rethinking workflows, repurposing clinical areas and redistributing staff to adapt to a shift in demand.

Some of the innovative US hospitals we work with are solving pandemic-related problems by repurposing already deployed or quick-to-deploy technology. Creativity is allowing these health systems to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis.

Their experiences may spur ideas that help your own health system improvise and adapt to COVID-19 and other disruptive situations.