Revamping Orthopedics for a Post-COVID-19 Environment

Revamping Orthopedics for a Post-COVID-19 Environment

The demands from healthcare have transformed significantly in light of the pandemic. Telehealth technologies are the key to the future of medicare, and this has been accepted by organizations big and small.

FREMONT, CA: The COVID-19 outbreak has had a significant impact on every industry. Businesses have been forced to adopt new ways to ensure continuity. Executives are hurriedly strategizing new business plans to stay abreast. The healthcare industry has come under extreme pressure in providing adequate care during these challenging times. However, some divisions in the healthcare industry have found it hard to cope up with the pandemic and are looking at new options to keep their clients. One such department is orthopedics. There has been a significant and sudden decline in the volume of elective joint replacements worldwide as health systems rightfully prioritize their COVID-19 response. The demands from healthcare have transformed significantly in light of the pandemic. Telehealth technologies are the key to the future of medicare, and this has been accepted by organizations big and small. Moving forward, several changes can be anticipated for orthopedics and digital health, as all efforts are made to reduce transmission risk and improve efficiency.

Here are some of the immediate challenges faced by the orthopedics department.

Immediate Impact

In light of the ongoing health crisis, all non-urgent, elective surgeries have been put on hold, including a large number of joint replacements. While people working within the industry, like doctors and other clinic staff, will be deployed elsewhere for attending to the pandemic victims, the patients who were waiting for treatment will have to cope up with the delays. At the same time, implant suppliers are also expected to face material declines in revenue over the next several quarters. With all the focus on COVID-19, non-vital clinical research has also come to a halt. As a result, the delays in clinical trials will hold up the development and release of a wide range of drugs and medical technologies.

Preparing for Recovery

In the coming few months, digital health technologies will be presented with an excellent opportunity to position themselves for the COVID-19 recovery. Once COVID-19 responses ease, there will be a backlog of elective surgeries in hospitals. Pre-operative planning software can help streamline the preparation, provision, and delivery of the backlog of joint replacements. The current halt in joint replacement surgeries presents an excellent opportunity for a large number of cases to be planned in advance using pre-op planning solutions. Cloud-based platforms have a unique advantage in allowing the clinician and their rep to plan cases remotely while travel and hospital access restrictions are in place.

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