COVID-19 patients don’t suffer only from their symptoms but also from loneliness due to their isolation. This company is helping patients connect with their quarantined families.
Sara Rodell, founder and CEO of Loop & Tie, formed COVID Tech Connect (CTC). CTC is a fiscally sponsored project. As stated on their website, “CTC is working to equip hospitals with smart devices, allowing patients to connect with their family members.” Together with her team, Sara is gathering donations for wifi-enabled devices. Their goal is to deliver 20,000 devices to eligible hospitals.
CTC explains on their website that hospitals no longer allow family or friends to be with admitted patients. This is due to heightened demand on services and the risk of the disease. “This means we are facing a time where patients are dying alone, without family by their side.”
Wifi devices connect families
The project was created when Rodell received a message from a friend in the New York Nurses Union. They were trying to collect tablets so that patients could talk to their loved ones. Her heart broke when she heard of the news that severe COVID-19 patients can’t even say goodbye to their family and friends.
She then reached out to a professional network of women with deep experiences in logistics, technology, grassroots organizations and communications. Then, Rodell’s Loop & Tie changed their operational structure. They now receive device donations and manage shipping and handling of devices to matching recipients.
She told Good News Network, “We have over 3,000 devices committed and more conversations are underway to get us to that goal. We’ve received some great responses from partners willing to donate devices, including Microsoft, PCS Wireless and Presto with more announcements coming soon.”
Their efforts go a long way as patients are given the opportunity to reconcile and share a final goodbye to their loved ones who they will leave behind. Patients are also finding strength from connecting with their families and are making quicker recoveries.
Reference: Good News Network