The healthcare system in the United States is becoming overwhelmed as a result of COVID-19 and there is no doubt that this epidemic will test the limits of healthcare delivery systems from end to end. Of course, at the present moment, everyone’s focus is (and rightly should be) on ensuring hospitals and healthcare workers have the appropriate equipment and protective gear they need to stay safe and adequately treat patients. That said, there are other IT considerations that should be taken into account to help support this crisis.
The technology in use in hospitals and health systems is being tested in ways it has never before had to withstand. As a result, it is absolutely critical that healthcare organizations have the reliable, accurate technology infrastructure in place to manage the rapid escalation of information sharing and management necessitated by COVID-19.
Here are just a few of the ways the IT infrastructure throughout the healthcare industry is being pushed to new levels and types of utilization:
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