Impact of Covid-19 Outbreak on Nurse Call System Market
The Nurse Call System is an electrically operated system in hospitals and nursing homes and is placed beside the patient’s bed. It aids patients in health care settings to alert a nurse or any other health care staff member remotely if they need any help. Due to rising rate of COVID-19 patients around the globe there has been an increasing demand of nurse call systems. This rising demand can be attributed to increasing influx of patient in the hospitals which is creating a hindrance in the patient monitoring system of hospital. In this scenario, the nurse call system has been helping patients to call for assistance. According to Global Health Observatory, in 2017, about 50% of WHO Member States have around less than 3 nursing and midwifery personnel per 1,000 of population.
Various players in the nurse call system market are coming up with advanced and enhanced features of products in order to provide suitable solutions for COVID-19 pandemic. The use and expansion of digital health solutions can revolutionize the healthcare standards, and access services to promote health and well-being of people. Also, the government and private medical institutes are taking various initiatives to help the healthcare system in every possible way. In March 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) came up with global strategy on digital health 2020–2024, wherein it encourages and supports the health systems through the application of various digital health technologies in order achieve quality health services across the globe. The medical device companies are facing problem in manufacture, delivery and installation of devices in hospitals and clinics. The companies are have started client services through conference calling, video calling, and document collaboration, following the government’s norm of social distancing.
Owing to immediate expansion of patient’s beds in hospitals and construction of makeshift hospitals, there has been a huge demand for nurse call systems. In March 2020, according to New York governor, announced the expansion of 87,000 hospital beds in the city to meet the medical need at the time of crisis. Earlier the total number of hospital beds in New York were 53,000 which has increased to 140,000 after expansion. Few US-based companies like Intercall Systems, Inc., UL LLC, Jeron Electronic Systems, Inc., and others are providing nurse call and other healthcare facilities communications systems at the time pandemic. These communications systems are facilitating the work of hospital staffs, and help in maintaining smooth workflow.
However, there is a gap in demand and supply as the complete lockdown of countries and shutting down of manufacturing units. Also, the implementation of appropriate digital health technologies in low and middle income countries is difficult to accomplish may hinder nurse call system market in the forecast period.