COVID-19: a gray swan's impact on the adoption of novel medical technologies
Santos, Roberto S.
Lilly, Craig M.
Hafer, Nathaniel S.
Buchholz, Bryan O.
McManus, David D.
UMass Chan AffiliationsCenter for Clinical and Translational Science
T.H. Chan School of Medicine
Document TypeJournal Article
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AbstractThe COVID-19 pandemic offers a unique context and opportunity to investigate changes in healthcare professional perceptions towards the adoption of novel medical technologies, such as point-of-care technologies (POCTs). POCTs are a nascent technology that has experienced rapid growth as a result of COVID-19 due to their ability to increase healthcare accessibility via near-patient delivery, including at-home. We surveyed healthcare professionals before and during COVID-19 to explore whether the pandemic altered their perceptions about the usefulness of POCTs. Our network analysis method provided a structure for understanding this changing phenomenon. We uncovered that POCTs are not only useful for diagnosing COVID-19, but healthcare professionals also perceive them as increasingly important for diagnosing other diseases, such as cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, and metabolic diseases. Healthcare professionals also viewed POCTs as facilitating the humanization of epidemiology by improving disease management/monitoring and strengthening the clinician-patient relationship. As the accuracy and integration of these technologies into mainstream healthcare delivery improves, hurdles to their adoption dissipate, thereby encouraging healthcare professionals to rely upon them more frequently to diagnose, manage, and monitor diseases. The technological advances made in POCTs during COVID-19, combined with shifting positive perceptions of their utility by healthcare professionals, may better prepare us for the next pandemic.
SourceDunlap DR, Santos RS, Lilly CM, Teebagy S, Hafer NS, Buchholz BO, McManus DD. COVID-19: a gray swan's impact on the adoption of novel medical technologies. Humanit Soc Sci Commun. 2022;9(1):232. doi: 10.1057/s41599-022-01247-9. Epub 2022 Jul 8. PMID: 35821762; PMCID: PMC9263801.
Permanent Link to this Itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/51134
Related ResourcesThe study data files are publicly deposited in UMass Chan Medical School’s institutional repository, eScholarship@UMassChan. The permanent link to the data is https://doi.org/10.13028/dtb5-q194.
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