The pandemic has brought a huge shift in the strategy with which practitioners, as well as patients, approached healthcare solutions. The second wave of COVID-19 has started receding in India but only after causing huge damage. Several states have started easing Covid curbs but with caution amid the possibility of a third wave. The resilience that we have gained go far has been possible only due to the relentless efforts of the frontline workers.
A group of major stakeholders in the fight against the pandemic are private practitioners. Data showed that a majority of COVID-19 patients did not show any symptoms and remained quarantined at home. Some of them developed symptoms later and had to be admitted to hospitals at an emergency stage when the body responded to treatments very slowly.
But the patients who were in contact with private practitioners in the form of family doctors were provided regular updates about their health conditions. Being family physicians, they also had enough data about their past health conditions. This proved to be a boon for the patients and played a huge role in early detection thereby helping patients get treatment on time. Thus, the role of private practitioners is extremely important in the fight against coronavirus.
But the role has been confined by the pandemic restrictions. There is a huge potential for augmenting the role of the private practitioners with the help of technology which curates day to day problems and makes an intelligent solution to help them take care of their patients effectively, efficiently and promptly.
The biggest struggle amid social distancing norms is communication between the patient and the doctors. Telemedicine comes into the picture when distance is a prominent factor. But the next roadblock is the unstructured flow of information and keeping track of the symptom progression. A large part of a doctor’s energy is spent on maintaining a proper flow of information from patients and keeping track of the symptom progression.
Is there a way to help private practitioners reach their maximum potential without compromising on the quality of their treatment amid all the pandemic norms we are following? To touch upon all the possible solutions to all the roadblocks mentioned above, MedPiper Technologies and JournoMed are conducting a webinar on “Role of private practitioners in a pandemic – how to help patients as well as grow their practice”.
Healthcare professionals who are interested in attending the event can register themselves here. For more details please reach out on firstname.lastname@example.org / +91 90800 78447. E-certificates will be provided to the participants.
Speaker: Dr Sai Shankar
MD ( Paediatrics )
Fellow Paediatric critical care ( UK, Australia )
Fellow Neonatal Intensive care (Oxford, UK )
Dr Sai Shankar is a paediatric intensivist and a neonatologist with over 15 years of experience in general paediatric and intensive care practice. He did his MD in paediatrics from Bangalore Medical College. He was sponsored an international training fellowship by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London to train in paediatric and cardiac critical care at the Southampton General Hospital, UK. After this, he was offered a neonatal fellowship at the Oxford University Hospital, UK where he fine-tuned his skills in care involving extreme premature babies, care of babies with birth asphyxia and whole-body cooling. Dr Sai Shankar then did his two years fellowship training in paediatric intensive care at The Royal Children’s Hospital ( RCH ), Melbourne, Australia. RCH is one of the world’s best Children’s Hospitals and his training here involved taking care of children following open-heart surgery, heart, liver and kidney transplant and care of patients on ECMO and VAD( ventricular assist devices ). He has independently retrieved more than 300 sick children via both land and air ambulance. His special areas of interest include retrieval of sick children, simulation in ICU and ECMO training.
Update: The post-event summary of the webinar can be accessed here.