While the whole world are fighting against the Wuhan coronavirus spread, technology and technology companies are not staying on the sidelines. Using high-tech machines always makes our lives better, especially when global issues happen such as coronavirus spread at the moment.
When seeking to treat the first confirmed case of coronavirus in US, doctors in a Washington hospital used a telehealth device called Vici. Vici helps the doctors to interact with the patient not in person but through a screen. For this reason, it is helpful to prevent coronavirus from spreading to others.
The smart healthcare device looks like a tablet on wheels. Vici helps doctors to not only interact with patients but also do some basic diagnostic functions such as taking their temperature. That is the reason why Vici is used effectively in hospitals, airports, hotels, to name but a few since the outbreak of coronavirus.
“Caregivers provide care within the isolation unit, but technology is allowing us to reduce the number of up-close interactions,” says Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, chief clinical officer at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, where the patient is being treated. Vici is a high-tech machine made by Santa Barbara, California-based InTouch Health.
“Minimizing the spread of this new virus is especially important because we have not yet built up any immunity to it,” Compton-Phillips says. In 2003, the large proportion of those affected by SARS coronavirus were doctors, proving the numerous difficulties in providing treatment for patients.
According to report of China’s national health commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronavirus can spread from person to person, thus setting robots that reduce human contact in hospitals in high place.
Other device named TUG produced by Aethon, a private company in Pittsburgh is also used to fight against coronavirus spread. TUG being responsible for delivering medical supplies over hospitals is deployed in more than 140 sites.
A robot called Little Peanut is also deployed in some hospitals and hotels in China. Delivering both food and medical supplies for people suspected of having the virus is performed by Little Peanut. Meanwhile, in hospitals, it takes over collecting bed sheets and rubbish besides delivering medicine.
Additionally, there is an increasing demand for cleaning and disinfecting. As the result, Xenex, a San Antonio,Texas-based company that sells robots using pulsed xenon UVC light to wipe out pathogens stated their deviced was being used in accommodations of some suspected cases of coronavirus.
In conclusion, technology is an irreplaceable part helping doctors contain the Wuhan coronavirus spread. The synergism of the whole community makes us believe in winning battle against this virus.