Robert Davis Explains How the Medical Profession is Changing During the COVID-19 Crisis
It’s now been five months since COVID-19 became a global crisis. Throughout this time, medical professionals have been pushing themselves to the limit and putting their own lives on the line, to save others.
Indeed, as difficult as this pandemic has been for the general public, it’s the world’s medical professionals who have been shouldering the heaviest burden throughout this crisis. Consequently, the virus has unexpectedly attacked the healthcare sector, resulting in numerous changes.
According to Robert Davis, a former medical professional, these changes will continue even in the aftermath of COVID-19. After working 10 years as an ER and Ambulatory Care Physician as well as a locum tenens physician for rural communities across the United States, Davis made the career shift into investments and strategic partnerships, now serving as the co-founder of RD Heritage Group. With his background in medicine, Davis has been researching the ongoing pandemic and how it will affect the medical field. He outlines some of the changes that have taken place — and will take place — in the medical field due to the coronavirus.
Burnout Among Healthcare Workers
The demands of working in healthcare have always been immensely challenging, often leading to burnout and career changes. The 2020 Future Health Index (FHI) reported that nearly three out of four younger healthcare professionals, from the 15 countries surveyed, experience work-related stress regularly. But now, the tension is higher than ever, as the COVID-19 pandemic has severely increased the demands put on healthcare professionals — with pressure for the health sector to generate a vaccine or a cure along with managing a large number of critically ill patients. Compounding those stressors with the countless personal tragedies and general societal disruption from COVID-19, there’s a strong possibility that many medical professionals will feel frustrated by the overburdened health systems and leave the field for good, says Robert Davis.
Digital Surveillance as a Public Health Measure
Throughout this pandemic, many global companies (including Apple and Google) have been mobilizing their efforts and global resources in support of this united front against COVID-19 — focusing their talent and tools on developing new technology that can track the virus. These forms of new technology and artificial intelligence (AI) include migration maps, which use mobile phones, mobile payment applications, and social media to collect real-time data on the location of people and the transmission of the virus.
Post-COVID-19 Health Preparedness Era
COVID-19 has dramatically changed the face of healthcare and moving forward, governments and healthcare professionals will be better prepared in the face of a second wave of COVID-19 or another health crisis in the future. They will be more proactive with the coordination and implementation of strategies such as: early surveillance, testing, contact tracing, and strict quarantine.
Final Thoughts from Robert Davis on the Future of Healthcare After COVID-19
COVID-19 truly has been a global wake-up call, as we are seeing the extreme burdens being imposed on healthcare systems — often due to a lack of funding and resources. Even when this current pandemic comes to an end, there will always be future crises. Moving forward, it is critically important that governments begin to invest more resources in re-building the global healthcare system and supporting medical professionals, says Robert Davis. Through this form of proactive planning, governments can relieve overburdened health systems and put them at an advantage, in case of a future crisis.