The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the need to withstand the challenges of sudden changes in the workplace. Moving from the typical office setting to a full virtual workspace requires proper technology to keep businesses up and running. Some companies recently initiated partnerships that invested in goodness and thoughtfulness to help everyone get through these trying times.
Get free virtual therapy
The greeting-card start-up Thoughtful Human founded by Ali O’Grandy provides free one-month virtual therapy over the phone or through text. The company has partnered with BetterHelp Therapy to offer their services. Their virtual greeting cards talk about challenging topics involving cancer, grief, including the recent pandemic.
Bounce back if you were laid-off
Zira is a workforce automation software solution. It creates optimized schedules with just one click. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, it launched Bounce Back, a tool that helps laid-off staff to stay in touch with former employers and provides a job marketplace for them.
Free Team Collaboration
Bannersnack, a collaboration platform company, offers its 90-day team-level plan for free to nonprofit organizations in their effort to fight COVID-19. They recognize mission-critical services and the need for constant collaboration. Bannersnack also offers help in training, marketing campaigns, and setting up customized posters to get everyone on board for efficient collaboration.
Big Tech Companies Pitch In
The “FAAMG” Five - Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google provide financial contributions in response to the pandemic such as advertising credits, grants for local news, research and front-line support, and nonprofit donations. Google pledged on financial support amounting $856 million in advertising credits. Facebook allocated funds for fact-checking and support for local media outlets. The online retailer, Amazon, provided on-the-go alternatives to support food banks, small businesses, and vulnerable communities. AI for Health Program headed by Microsoft is receiving immense financial efforts to end the pandemic. The Gates Foundation pumped millions of dollars to fund the corona-virus research including vaccine development and manufacturing. Apple has placed all its donations towards supporting global relief efforts and committed to donating millions of face masks and face shields.
Combat stress and bolster mental health
Digital health specialist Livongo and healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente have teamed up to offer myStrength behavioural health app to Kaiser members. The app helps Kaiser members to have unlimited access to digital behavioural health tools for managing heightened stress and isolation which can contribute to health deterioration.
Moving from the traditional menu platform offered in restaurants, My Menu is now helping restaurants create a more accessible and online-friendly menu. Once a customer scans a QR code on their phone, the chosen option pops up and notifies the restaurant.
Free video platform for COVID-19 responders
Twilio, a cloud communications platform, has launched an exciting video boost program and offers free usage of its video products for three months to pandemic responders. Its Twilio Video Boost is now available for free for customers in healthcare, education, and nonprofit sectors, and they can sign up before June 30 to take the offer.
iPads for front-line health workers
The online retailer Gazelle has donated hundreds of iPads from its warehouse to hospitals. Gazelle aims to help patients communicate with their loved ones while quarantined and to provide better communication between patients and health workers. Remote connection with patients helps reduce the need for PPEs, and it also allows telemedicine consultations with doctors.
Free transcription services for 90 days
The multinational computer software technology corporation, Nuance Communications, also offered free services to healthcare workers. Physicians and nurses can utilize conversational AI and use their voice to obtain patient information. The Free PowerMic helps healthcare workers to dictate, edit, and browse through health records of patients using a smartphone and a secure wireless microphone.
As the world combats against the COVID-19 pandemic, we see the rise of digital epidemiology tools and companies working together for rapid response. The digital health community continues to facilitate better treatment and constant monitoring of the updates. At times like this, increased capacity to communicate factual data and provide real-time answers to health issues are crucial towards flattening the curve.
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