As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, we are providing resources to help partners strengthen healthcare response and support underserved communities.
A global pandemic creates a massive ripple effect. Medical equipment shortages. Job loss. Food insecurity. Economic hardship. Those hit hardest are frontline healthcare workers and underserved patients and communities. Current data also suggests a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups.
It took a pandemic to break down barriers to innovation. Is this wave of ingenuity here to stay?
No individual, industry, or country was ready for coronavirus. Traditional systems continue to buckle under the strains of disruption, forcing years of change in a matter of months. Every day, doctors and nurses don their armor of latex, plexiglass, and cotton. They're backed by supporters big and small: from manufacturing and healthcare companies to parents-turned-mask-makers, and 3D printing entrepreneurs.
In times of disbelief, that’s when beliefs matter most.
As 2019 came to a close and a new decade commenced, January’s Lunar New Year celebrations across China came to a screeching halt. The novel coronavirus had taken hold. By late March, COVID-19 had infected more than 786,0001 people globally, and a headline became every conversation the world over. Shortages of protective medical gear, hospital beds, staff, and answers left little room for a plan, leaving doctors and nurses working bed to bed, moment to moment.
Unexpected Partners Join Forces in Fight Against COVID-19
Medtronic is creating new ways of working across industries to help bring innovators together and speed the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 is presenting the world with an unprecedented challenge,” said Medtronic CEO Geoff Martha. “So we must take unprecedented steps to meet that challenge. No one company can deliver all that is needed. We will only defeat the virus by acting in unison, with smart and focused strategies for production, allocation, and resourcing.”
Medtronic technology helps healthcare professionals and patients adapt
As COVID-19 patients began flooding into hospitals around the world, it became apparent that healthcare providers would need additional ventilator training. In the age of social distancing, however, in-person training was no longer an option.
Company Actively Supporting Its Employees, Customers, and Communities
DUBLIN, April 22, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Ahead of the end of its fiscal fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) today provided an update on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact on its business, and its strong financial position.
Employee charitable giving boost is in addition to a recent $10M commitment to COVID-19 response efforts
In the midst of a global health crisis, the Medtronic Foundation is committed to supporting front line health workers and nonprofit organizations around the globe. In addition to direct financial contributions, Medtronic employees looking to give back are getting a boost to ensure their own charitable donations go even further.
As the pandemic heightens anxiety and uncertainty, supporting employees’ emotional and financial well-being is critical.
Keosha Barnett knows firsthand some of the stresses of the pandemic.
“It’s hard right now, and it feels like I’m going through a depression,” said the single mother, who was forced to cut her hours working in a distribution center to care for her three young children, including one son with sickle cell disease. “School was free, and now I’m paying more than $200 for babysitting every week. Rent is due, my car note is due, and I don’t even have a full week’s check. So, something is going to be behind. It’s really taking a toll on me.”
Medtronic Care Management Services offers new solutions to help evaluate and monitor patients for COVID-19
As health systems cope with a growing onslaught of COVID-19 cases, clinicians need new ways to evaluate and monitor symptoms of patients who have been exposed to or diagnosed with the disease without putting themselves, or others, at risk.
For 20 years, Medtronic Care Management Services (MCMS) has offered a suite of remote monitoring solutions for hospitals, health plans, and home health agencies, primarily to help patients manage complex, chronic, co-morbid conditions like heart failure or diabetes.
Amid a global pandemic, employees band together to power ventilator production.
Philomena Flaherty had a feeling she would play a role in the global effort to mobilize against COVID-19.
Flaherty works at a Medtronic facility in Galway, Ireland, where she makes a key component of the company’s high-performance Puritan Bennett™ 980 ventilator. When COVID-19 started spreading in China, Flaherty realized demand for the devices she has made for years would soon surge. “I always knew it would come to our door,” she said.