On January 28th, 2020, the WHO (World Health Organization) declared a global weaknesses caution for novel coronavirus. They determined that it originated in China. The WHO raised the concern that was similar in severity to polio in 2014, Ebola in 2014 in West Africa and H1N1 in 2009. Today, the fatal virus has become a global pandemic infecting over 4.26 million people and causing death count to skyrocket to over 292,000. And the curve hasn’t shown signs of flattening yet. The amount of human casualties has thrown light on the global health system, making people question the efficacy of health policies and programs. Combative arguments between the medical fraternity and political leaders now point towards one question: –
Has the COVID-19 outbreak exposed the weakness of U.S and global healthcare and can it resolve a pandemic? Dennis Begos, a medical expert, shares his valuable observations and factual analysis.
Dennis Begos analyses the U.S healthcare system
The primary strength of the U.S healthcare system is its team of expert doctors, state-of-the-art medical devices, and medical protocols. The global pandemic uncovered the flaw in the costly profit hospitals and health insurance. Both have corrupted the medical system and are detrimental to people who need medical attention but lack reasonable healthcare coverage. Approximately 26 million Americans don’t have health weaknesses insurance. Another 60 million or more who have insurance with high-deductible plans might be on the hook for a hefty price.
The Miami Herald reports that a man was charged close to $3,270 to get admitted to a hospital. Furthermore, The New York of a man getting close to $4,000 medical bill, post quarantine after he and his daughter returned from China.
The problem with the Electronic Health Record systems
COVID-19 exposed the issues with the U.S and global EHR systems. These systems are huge devices with slow performance speed. It takes time to adapt to the new and ongoing demands of the workflow. There’s a need for future planning to schedule routine practice run-throughs for developing quick alternative care centers that most hospitals have started working on.
Health practitioners report the need for testing the EHR disaster preparedness. If they do not, then weaknesses clinics and hospitals in the U.S and other parts of the world can’t sustain a massive amount of patients for a prolonged time. Medical professionals know how EHR functions while testing 100 patients daily. But they are yet to understand how the system will respond while testing 1,000, 2,000, or even 10,000 patients.
Another medical expert from Medicomp Systems identified that the major flaw with EHR systems is its architecture. It is essential to share data fast and widely during a pandemic. The EHR systems fail to communicate with one another. And structured formats, which weaknesses delay the treatment.
Furthermore, the global medical approach should get an upgrade. The president of MSF (Medici Senza Frontiere) and a COVID-19 response coordinator’s weaknesses suggested that during such a pandemic, there should be more than hospital care. Family doctors and general practitioners have a crucial role to play. And it’s imperative to support them with the required medical toolkit and know-how.