What will medicine look like in a post-COVID world?
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We all have understood by now that life has been changed irrevocably by COVID-19. Here are some of the thoughts of Dr Shuchita Gupta, Advanced Heart Failure Cardiologist at Einstein Healthcare Network, on what practice should look like in the coming years, with respect to COVID survivors:

1. The focus should return to primary care. There will be a need for education and administration of the vaccine when it becomes available.

2. Since obesity and diabetes have been identified as potent risk factors for poor outcomes, we will need to re-evaluate how we treat these conditions.

3. There will be a need for greater collaboration among specialists and subspecialists while treating COVID complications since the underlying pathophysiology is similar.

4. Rehabilitation (cardiopulmonary, neurological, cognitive, etc.) will be increasingly needed and will require new guidelines to be formulated.

5. COVID survivorship programs may be needed for patients who have survived moderate to severe illness; these could be modelled on cancer survivorship programs.

6. Telemedicine should continue to be used as an adjunct to in-person visits for patient care even after social distancing restrictions are lifted as it can provide much-needed care to patients in remote areas.

"Finally, this may be wishful thinking, but the COVID crisis has brought all the faultlines in our health care system to the surface. Perhaps we can repair some of them. At the top of my list would be the often meaningless documentation that is responsible for physician burnout."

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Source: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/09/what-will-medicine-look-like-in-a-post-covid-world.html
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