Hospitals and other healthcare facilities had to adapt quickly to respond to the highly contagious COVID-19. One area of focus was mitigating transmission within their environments. In addition to using personal protective equipment (PPE), many facilities also worked to dramatically reduce the number of people allowed in various locations within facilities. While this helped, it meant that patients were often left alone in their rooms. To address this, healthcare facilities started using video cameras to monitor and communicate with patients.
In the months since the start of the global pandemic, hospitals have started thinking about how they might use what they have learned to both improve the care they provide and increase their ROI. Some have been asking how they might use the video cameras in patient rooms in other ways.
Cameras, as part of a physical security system, have been in hospitals for many years. After all, safeguarding pharmaceuticals and equipment as well as protecting patients and staff are extremely important. But now that they have had success using cameras to improve patient care in response to COVID-19, healthcare facilities are looking to see if these same cameras might also support the clinical side of operations.