As the dreaded Covid-19 virus still remains a global threat to us all, one must stop and ponder the future of medicine during such challenging times. More and more, medical staffs around the world are succumbing to their stresses, exposure, and sometimes fatal consequences of their heroic actions.
So, what is the answer to mitigate the pressures off of these overworked individuals? One might say to implement more stringent Covid-19 guidelines and procedures, teach and constantly monitor individuals’ practice of safe-distancing measures, and so on. But the reality of the situation is that there will always be those who become infected despite their best efforts, as well as those who do not adhere to best-practices/rules, who’s addition into the healthcare ‘warzone’ only adds to the medical debacle we currently face.
Hospitals are over their capacities, doctor’s offices are now Covid-19 breeding grounds, and more and more people are working from home…so the question is: “How do we properly address and tackle the difficult tasks of continuing to provide high-quality, remote, patient-care to those still in need medical attention?”
The answer around the world is to provide a greater presence and stronghold in the field of telemedicine—more specifically, remote patient-monitoring, triage and care. The future of medicine is seeing a shift in these difficult times, just as the traditional war is shifting from battling on the front lines to waging war on the Ethernet lines.
Israel’s commanding intelligence and sophistication in the worlds of IoT, Cyber & Cybersecurity, Life-Sciences, Healthcare and Medical Devices make Israel one of the most logical and sound partners of Healthcare Providers/Institutions across the globe.
Companies such as:
Biobeat: An Israel-based Medical tech company that develops solutions for remote patient monitoring, and is able to measure 15 vital signs using its patented, minimalistic sensor, implemented in a wrist and chest monitor for long & short-term monitoring. Biobeat’s wrist monitor (watch) is a reusable device used for long-term care, and a perfect solution for those suffering from chronic diseases that require closer monitoring. Their chest monitor (patch) is a disposable device used for short-term care of up to 6 days, and provides closer observation for specific-case patients. Both devices are being used widely in the US, EU and Israel as a monitoring tool for COVID and pre-COVID patients. Also, Biobeat’s wearable devices are the first (and only) devices in the world to be FDA-Cleared for cuff-less non-invasive blood pressure monitoring, we also have FDA clearance for heart rate and blood saturation and should receive additional measurement cleared by end of February.
Binah.ai: Ready-to-use, AI-powered Digital Healthcare applications address the challenges of remote, contactless Health and Wellness monitoring. Its video-based-only monitoring solution removes the need for wearables and enhances telemedicine, remote patience monitoring and preventive medicine services. Binah.ai’s AI-based, unique technological mix transforms any camera on any device (smartphone, laptop, tablet etc.) into a medical-grade monitoring solution. Binah.ai’s heart rate variability (HRV) measurements offer the basis for a wide range of body measurements such as: blood pressure, mental stress level, oxygen saturation, respiration, alcohol blood level and more.
Hyro: Hyro’s free COVID-19 conversational AI was developed to help overwhelmed healthcare organizations currently dealing with an unprecedented spike in traffic across their communication channels, and to assist patients who are struggling to find the validated answers they need. Their virtual assistants are currently serving thousands of patients daily across organizations such as Mercy Health and Montefiore Medical Center, providing risk assessment and symptoms triaging while sourcing real-time preventative data from the CDC, WHO and others.
Datos: Datos’ COVID-19 solution, implemented within 48 hours, is specifically designed to support hospitals to keep suspected corona patients, and those infected, but not requiring hospitalization, at home while still providing them with optimal care. Datos manages large scale of patient numbers with minimal resources, helping to prevent Coronavirus patients from overloading hospitals by maximizing home hospitalization while protecting the clinical staff at the hospitals.
MyHomeDoc: MyHomeDoc’s mobile phone diagnostic add-on enables primary care tests and patient-clinician communication from home. During a pandemic, isolation and the urgent need for rapid, accurate, and safe testing increases exponentially; and MyHomeDoc helps to replace ‘contamination-risky’ face-to-face appointments between healthcare providers and infected patients. The secure, user-friendly device’s technology leverages 4 built-in smartphone sensors, and includes an otoscope [ears], stethoscope [heart & lung], infrared thermometer [temperature], pulse oximeter [heart rate & saturation] & skin and throat exams via smartphone camera.
These are just some of the amazing Israeli innovations, and life-changing technologies/companies stepping up to mitigate the risks/exposure of the virus, and assist the healthcare ecosystem in continuing to provide the upmost optimal patient-care and treatment in the days to come.