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COVID-19 Impact on Disability Health Services
by Bit2Sky Monday, 12 October 2020
15% of the world’s population, or one billion people, experience some form of disability. The disability rate is higher in developing countries. Around One-fifth of the estimated global total, between 110 million and 190 million people, are experiencing disabilities, which are quite significant.
COVID-19 seems to have a widespread adverse impact across the globe. People with disabilities are already in jeopardy. They have a worse experience of adverse socio-economic consequences such as less education, poor health, low level of employment, and higher poverty levels.
COVID-19 or coronavirus is making people experience unprecedented challenges as the pandemic has a severe impact on the health and well-being of the people. The past experiences of facing emergencies in global health show that the poor and vulnerable are the ones that bear the brunt. At the same time, the people with disabilities seem to be the hardest hit. These people have more healthcare needs than others, making them highly vulnerable to the symptoms of COVID-19 and therefore need the highest possible disability healthcare services.
Considering some of the following actions can help achieve the highest possible disability healthcare services for people suffering from difficulties:
- Identifying and eliminating any obstacles towards access to healthcare facilities
- Improving research and data for monitoring and evaluating the health records.
- Strengthening healthcare systems for the inclusion and deliverance of proper care to people with disabilities
- Training of health care personnel to improve service delivery for people with disabilities
- Empowering people with disabilities to care for their health by having control over their decisions based on their well-informed consent.
- Aligning the National policies and national legislation in accordance with the CRPD guidelines on healthcare.
COVID-19 is causing massive disruption in the healthcare systems and is thereby reconfirming the importance of EHRs and patient data. EHRs are very crucial to optimize care, reduce medical errors, improve coordination between the health care providers, and finally empowers the patients or the clients to get control over their healthcare.
However, some challenges have come up in the EHRs such as interoperability, patient identification, and exchange of data across facilities for achieving an immediate action towards disability healthcare services. Infectious disease specialists also suggest integrating patients’ recent travel histories directly into their EHRs to increase interconnectivity. Also, EHRs should no longer restrict themselves from collecting medical data of patients but should try to encompass a wide variety of data from an individual’s online and offline activity to connect with them and provide immediate disability healthcare service to the needy.
At Bit2Sky, we provide a fully customized and compliant EHR software customized as per your requirements, enabling you to provide quality care to your clients and patients with disabilities.