9 ways coronavirus changed treating patients
The precipitous climb of COVID-19 has led to substantial changes in both the art and the science of medicine. Amid a global pandemic, doctors and nurses are learning how to practice medicine differently — adjusting the way they use resources, perform procedures, interact with patients and families, utilize technology, and work with public health and scientific communities for a common mission. According to doctors interviewed by ABC, the pandemic has changed the practice of medicine in nine fundamental ways: 1. Increased information sharing For perhaps the first time, everyone is focused on the same issue, collecting and sharing information at breakneck speed. Since it was first shared publicly, the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 dashboard built by Professor Lauren Gardner, a civil and systems engineering professor and her graduate student, Ensheng Dong, grew from about 200 million visits in late January to 1.2 billion daily requests in early March. Such information sharing has helped build models, improved our understanding of the case definition for COVID-19, and shows where the curve of the pandemic is going. Information sharing has also helped doctors treating patients from far reaches of the world communicate with one another as they test potential treatments and vaccines. 2.