A New Phase of Healthcare: COVID-19 and Medical Advancements LE10-LE14
Dr. Vyas Kumar Rathaur,
Swarn Ganga Appartment, Flat No-405, Rishikesh-249203, Uttarakhand, India.
Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) was, declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11th March 2020, which has posed innumerable challenges for the medical fraternity. To overcome these obstacles healthcare professionals, engineers and industries like robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), 3 Dimension (3D) printing etc., are coming up with innovations that can assist them in administering critical care to COVID patients, restart health services for non-COVID patients, combat the spread of the disease, restart elective services and above all protect themselves while treating others. This article is a narrative review of the developments in the field of robotics and AI, improvements in ventilators and critical care facilities, measures taken to spread awareness and the need of such innovations, their benefits and effectiveness in relation to the current scenario. Articles regarding advancements during COVID months of March-May 2020 were searched on the internet and references giving medical evidence of the suitability of these innovations were added from PubMed and Google Scholar search engines, wherever necessary. Knowing the need and principles of such medical innovations which can help in improving the current practices or replace them with even better technologies are the need of the hour.