Last year was a big battle for our healthcare partners, and it was an honor to help them when it came as a challenge. We’ve achieved a lot together and I’m proud of the role that Cisco and Technology have had in helping patients and providers. I believe it is important to use the pace of upgrades and technology adoption to provide edge healthcare across the UK for the long term. However, after a year like 2020, when it is excited to look forward to the future of healthcare in the UK, I am happy not to look back.
Early days of COVID-19
While we all didn’t know for sure what was happening in early March 2020, our healthcare team was a few days ahead, trying to brace what the unknown would bring. When lockdowns rolled-in, we helped ++ 0 + trusts and primary care organizations move non-essential workers home with safe, distant assistance. We installed collaborative platforms and extended networks installed – temporarily exempting users and licensing restrictions – ensuring everyone is secure and connected as quickly as possible.
Calls for help 111 services began to overload and capabilities reached within a few days. Our solution team was tasked with strengthening the system so that respondents needed to effectively tweak those calls and take care of them in a timely manner. We enable an additional 1,000 home agents, reducing stress to the existing 111 capacity.
Accelerating intensive care
As the number of cases increased, so did the need for intensive care. We work with our NHS partners to create one Template for a dedicated COVID-19 hospital ‘Nightingale in the box’ – which can be installed literally anywhere. Our goal was to create simplicity in design, deployed at speed and supported by Cisco TAC. Conventions and stadiums across the country, temporary area hospitals with Wi-Fi connectivity were able to treat the sick – using networks, software, and medical equipment typically reserved for top-level ICUs. It was imperative to keep track of all medical assets, medical devices, ventilators and more. We’ve helped make all of this a reality through an affiliate strategy built by Cisco Solutions Architects from the ground-up.
The end in sight
Finally, when we found out that a vaccine was in sight, the British Health Service called Cisco again. After Nightingale’s success, pop-up vaccination centers were on the horizon. The plan to work with our healthcare partners was to implement a robust network that needed to provide secure and streamlined vaccines by connecting, securing and WiFi networks to 1,100 non-medical sites – in a step-by-step plan we agreed on a cloud-based design that measures measurement. Can be done The solution was an integral part of ongoing vaccination efforts across the UK.
What’s next for healthcare in the UK?
While we are pleased with the widespread distribution of the vaccine in the UK, COVID-19 continues. And so it brought changes and challenges to our health system; One that was already struggling. We found it unused Adopt virtual care And ask how it can continue? We will now have to play with the backlog of recovery and referrals as well as care for those dealing with long term COVID effects. All of this requires sustainable planning around cloud-based services.
At Cisco we look forward to the future of inclusive improvements and I believe that the long term viability of our system is still in the implementation of the technology and connectivity COVID-1 us has forced us to embrace. We need strong, scalable platforms that can also create insights and visibility IoT asset management. Cloud-based health platforms will be key to advancing the UK health system. We know that adopting these types of solutions will reduce stress on our health system and COVID-19 has shown that this is possible at potential speeds.
So, yes, think about what happens next for healthcare in the UK.