For some, they might think it’s right around the corner. For others, they expect it to last well into the fall and possibly next year. Only time will tell just how long it’ll take for the COVID-19 pandemic to end. One thing we do know for sure is that our current state of “normalcy” is expected to change. Regardless of the industry, the coronavirus has greatly impacted how we live our everyday lives. We’re seeing the rocky terrain especially when it comes to the healthcare industry. With overcrowded hospitals, shortages of nurses, doctors, and other professionals, and confusion over the various health guidelines, the healthcare landscape as been turned upside down. It’s time to look forward though. We’re pretty sure that things won’t “go back to normal,” so let’s take a look at what healthcare after a pandemic will really look like. Below we’ll go over the different ways the landscape could change after we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Healthcare After a Pandemic
Telehealth is Here to Stay
It wasn’t a foreign concept before the pandemic, but it certainly wasn’t a healthcare practice that everyone was familiar with. However, since hospitals are being pushed to capacity, we’re seeing more and virtual patients turning to virtual healthcare. Whether they’re reporting COVID-19 symptoms or going through physical therapy at home, telemedicine is being used more than ever before.
So, what does this mean for healthcare after a pandemic? Well, even when the pandemic does subside, we can expect to see telemedicine continue to rise. Now that many patients know that they can get healthcare from the comfort of his or her own home, they will most likely choose that option. Patients no longer have to wait in a waiting room. Instead, they can speak with a health professional directly and as soon as they need to.
Healthcare Providers Will Have a Larger Skillset
We already know that our current health professionals are modern-day superheroes. They’ve been battling this virus on the frontlines for months and have put themselves in danger in order to help others. One change we’ll see in healthcare after a pandemic is in their skillsets.
As hospitals have become more and more crowded, many health professionals have been thrust into unfamiliar roles. non-clinical staff has been pressed into duty to help with patient triage, and fourth-year medical students have been offered the opportunity to graduate early and join the front lines in unprecedented ways. Health professionals have always been adaptable. We’re seeing them gain experience in new departments and specialties as the pandemic continues. This will give us health professionals with new experiences, insight, and skills. Although things may we tough now, we’re getting even more well-rounded health professionals.
We’ll Be More Prepared
It’s an overused cliché, especially given the year, but hindsight will be 2020 after the end of the pandemic. While it’s certainly important to remain focused on the present, we’re going to be more prepared for the next major healthcare crisis. Although the current health guidelines have been changing constantly, they’re going to solidify in the future.
As we learn more and more about the virus, we can expect to see preventative measures taken so an outbreak at this scale does not happen again. While the political climate will always change, we know that the need for preparedness and foresight will not. These are scary times right now, but it’s also a learning experience. As time goes on, we will learn from this difficult situation and will ensure that we are prepared.
Healthcare after a pandemic will change, no question. New guidelines and best practices will be put in place. Healthcare will expand beyond the walls of a medical facility. Our healthcare workers will have a diverse skillset. All these changes will help us in the future.
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