Key Ways Technology Helps Prevent Contagious Diseases

Hospitals throughout the country are bracing for an influx of virus-infected patients.

FREMONT, CA: Healthcare institutions are looking for strategies to prevent disease transmission and reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated illnesses now more than ever. Potential carriers of contamination can be found anywhere, from the air in the plant to the employees that work there. In addition to the usual worries about infection, healthcare providers must now be concerned about the transmission of COVID-19. Hospitals throughout the country are bracing for an influx of virus-infected patients. Extra measures will need to be taken to ensure that medical equipment gets appropriately sterilized and that healthcare professionals are informed if they encounter a patient diagnosed with the disease.

Locating and sensing services allow for the real-time tracking of medical equipment, personnel, and patients. The increased visibility enables healthcare institutions to avoid the spread of illness, boost patient safety, and receive non-compliance and contamination warnings.

Asset tracking and capacity management

As the number of verified COVID-19 cases rises, so will the healthcare industry's demands. The coronavirus pandemic is increasing the demand for hospital resources exponentially; overcrowding, depleting personal protective equipment (PPE), and ventilators are serious issues. To deal with the inflow of patients, hospitals must locate clean, ready-to-use, life-saving equipment as soon as possible.

Hand-hygiene compliance

According to the CDC, one of the best methods to avoid acquiring the coronavirus or any other infection is to wash hands often for at least 20 seconds. The Joint Commission enforces hand washing standards, and penalties are given to qualified healthcare companies if an employee fails to follow the specified guidelines. Regular monitoring of compliance is a difficult task, especially when hospitals are busier than usual due to COVID-19. Hand hygiene compliance may be easily automated and tracked with location and sensing technologies. To enhance compliance, real-time friendly reminders for employees gets enabled.

Contract tracing

Contact Tracing is a location-based contact history log that tracks interactions with other individuals and facility equipment. It also enables more rapid examination and reporting of possible risks when an infected person enters a medical facility. For example, to determine who and what came into touch with the infected patient, the hospital would filter by location, timeframe, or individual. Such data enables hospitals to precisely track patients' interactions with others to deliver targeted messages that aid in preventing disease transmission.