Select a significant event that has changed or affected health care
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on health care. It has highlighted existing weaknesses in the system and necessitated rapid changes to adapt to the needs of patients. Hospitals have implemented new protocols such as telemedicine, contactless check-ins, virtual visits, and remote monitoring capabilities in order to reduce exposure risk for both patients and healthcare providers. Additionally, it has increased awareness of public health issues such as prevention strategies (e.g., handwashing), the importance of social distancing, and how technology can be used to improve patient care delivery. Finally, it has catalyzed research into treatments and vaccines that could potentially reduce morbidity and mortality related to this virus.