Easing the burden on strained health systems

With this unprecedented burden placed on the health system, hospitals are setting their primary focus on asking people to stay at home and social distance as much as possible.

In the face of the pandemic COVID-19, health officials are urging individuals to work remotely, wash hands regularly and maintain social distancing. Hospital leaders must make time-sensitive, critical decisions about clinical operations and resource allocations during this pandemic.

With this unprecedented burden placed on the health system, hospitals are setting their primary focus on asking people to stay at home and social distance as much as possible.

Managing patients safely at home

By screening individuals who only display mild symptoms, health systems can reserve hospital resources for those who are infected and other vulnerable patients.

Virtual services, like online symptom-checking tools and remote consults with clinicians, can safely manage patients with mild symptoms at home, saving valuable hospital resources.

Virtual care adoption increases

Increasingly, clinicians and health systems worldwide are racing to adopt virtualised treatment approaches, that avoid the need for physical meetings between patients and health providers to reduce the risk of infection.

In shifting towards virtualised care in response to COVID-19, healthcare planners worldwide are advising patients to seek clinician help online rather than in-person to ease the pressure on hospitals.

How can Orion Health help alleviate the pressure on hospitals?

Orion Health has developed a comprehensive pandemic Outbreak Management solution to assess, manage and monitor patients to alleviate demand on health systems.  

Our Manage module focuses on keeping the worried-well at home and managing those with symptoms safely at home, only escalating care to the hospital if it’s required.

  • The first step addresses the public who are worried they might have COVID-19. With an online symptom-checker tool, tailored question trees, forms and one-to-one consultations, individuals can run a quick self-assessment and get basic advice.
  • If individuals are experiencing mild symptoms, they are onboarded onto our Virtual Care solution that enables patients to self-manage their condition and clinicians to safely engage and manage patients using video consultations and virtual communications by exception.
  • If individuals with mild symptoms start to worsen, alerts and dashboards highlight the patient so clinicians can assess and manage the patient virtually at an appropriate level to their condition, before they are escalated to the hospital for increased care.

The health system can now manage and focus on the most at-risk and reserve the need for escalation to the hospital to those who most need it.

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