Reflecting on COVID-19 and tech transformations becoming reality
Recently, we diagnosed an 88-year-old gentleman with COVID-19. He was clinically stable and chose to convalesce at home with telehealth monitoring. Using a digital thermometer and pulse oximeter he self-reported his data to nurses remotely watching over individuals in their homes. A couple days in, the patient's son called his nurse and said, "My dad seems short of breath." The nurse pulled up the patient's stats, noting his oxygen saturation was excellent, 98%. She reassured the son, "He is okay right now, how about if you keep checking in on him?" Dad took a nap and woke up feeling fine, and his O2 sat stayed completely normal. Having data in hand kept him safe and comfortable at home where he completely recovered, never needing a hospital bed.
Compton-Phillips, Amy, "Reflecting on COVID-19 and tech transformations becoming reality" (2020). Articles, Abstracts, and Reports. 2979.