The Vice President of the Latin American nation, Otto Sonnenholzner, credited the Chinese tech major for enabling Ecuador to become the first country within the region to embrace a game-changing technology that would allow medical practitioners to determine the standard of care on patients infected with the coronavirus.
Huawei wasn’t the only case in point of a technology company diving into the realms of remote patient care in the light of a pandemic. Technology giants, the likes of Google, were quick to set foot into this sector and maximize first-mover advantage. In collaboration with their partner MTX Group, Google Cloud developed a cloud-based application to extract insights and monitor the coronavirus disease spread. Google assisted the Oklahoma State Department of Health in the United States to deploy an app that enabled healthcare professionals to follow up directly with patients exhibiting symptoms.
Exploring the Full Potential of Virtual Care
Interestingly, the pandemic has changed the focus of technology corporations from scouting for opportunities to leverage automation to reap business benefits to innovators who are transforming healthcare through their renewed emphasis on fulfilling public health responsibilities. Similarly, healthcare providers, virologists, drug manufacturers have significantly changed their modus operandi. Deviating from legacy processes of clinical trials, they’ve come to embrace technology as the determining factor in their scope of operations.