Can We Flatten All Four Curves of the Corona Footprint?

The embassies of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark in Seoul, are working together to produce Nordic Talks. On the evening of 23 October, we dealt with the Nordic experience of Covid-19 and Health Care, and more specifically how digital...

The embassies of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark in Seoul, are working together to produce Nordic Talks. On the evening of 23 October, we dealt with the Nordic experience of Covid-19 and Health Care, and more specifically how digital technologies are used.

As always, presentations are rich in content and viewers will find their own golden nuggets of info, but here are my quick n’ dirty take-aways from the presentations.

Four Waves

Trine Radmann (there’s a list of all speakers below) showed a slide that illustrate four waves of effects of the Corona pandemic. The first is the immediate devastating effects of the contagion with disease and mortality. The second wave is a potential impact from non-covid conditions that are untreated since access to hospital care gets restricted. A third wave can follow with the impact of chronic conditions that are likewise untreated when the access to care is restricted. And a potential fourth wave is the long-term effects of lock-down, isolation and psychological effects.

The presentations that followed included mentions of a great number of well-established as well as innovative technologies from the Nordic countries that should be used to flatten all four of these waves.

Four Classes of Digital Solutions

Digital patient records and prescription systems is an obvious resource to face the first wave. As is technologies to disinfect spaces and equipment, robots for covid-testing, app’s for tracing and tracking, online resources to reduce the number of calls and visits to care institutions, self-care systems, monitoring systems for home and remote care etc.

For the second wave there are not as many solutions (yet?) but remote care and monitoring platforms are important tools to counter the restricted access to care facilities. And specialised technologies for self-management of urgent non-covid conditions may find a new economic motivation now.

Online doctors will likely flatten the curve of a later care-debt that is the third wave. Related to the conditions of the second wave, are the chronic non-covid conditions that are largly excluded from care at hospitals during the intense phase of the pandemic. These are e.g. asthmatics where new technologies can lessen their dependence on hospital care. Important is also the online medical services that can maintain care on a distance, “untact” as we say in South Korea.

Perhaps the online doctors will have a positive effect on the fourth wave as well. Any digital technology that reduce the isolation that many people are experiencing during the pandemic will flatten this curve. The presentations mentioned easy-to-use computers and telepresence robots for kids. But perhaps the most important will turn out to be Netflix and other online entertainment.

That’s my take-away: digital technologies contribute to flatten all four curves of the Corona Footprint.

The Nordic Talks conference

Speakers during the Nordic Talks Korea Covid-19 and health-tech: The Nordic Experience, were

Sangwon Ko, Director at the Korea Information Society Development Institute, KISDI

Yeong Yi Yim, Director at the Korea Health Industry Development Institute

Trine Radmann, Head of International Relations at Norway Health Tech

Päivi Sillanaukee, Ambassador for Health and Wellbeing, Finland

Hans Erik Henriksen, CEO of Helthcare Denmark

Daniel Persson, Innovation and Business Development Manager at Mindoktor.se, Sweden

And some prefer a podcast

You know, there’s a Nordic Talks Podcast as well. Interesting Nordic Talks around the world are edited to tasty 20-minute (or so) Pods 🙂