The development gains prominence when one considers that the popularity of patient monitoring devices and their availability in the market has witnessed a leap following the spread of COVID-19. And many affected by the virus have chosen to forego the traditional route of being administered medical care at a private or a public hospital and opt for home isolation instead. Apart from the thermometer, portable devices such a pulse oximeter, a digital BP monitor, blood glucose monitor are some of the machines being used by those who have set up a home care facility for COVID patients, along with the appointment of full-time nurses to monitor the individual. It was reported that last month in Mumbai, some of the major hospitals treating critical COVID-19 patients had vacant beds to spare. Cost concerns aside, civic officials attributed part of the availability to patients choosing home isolation. Of the 18,380 COVID beds available, about 66 per cent or 12,303 beds were occupied. The total number of ICU beds which could accommodate 1,278 patients, saw 93 pc occupancy, with 7 pc or 95 beds available. This points to a mind-set shift of the Indian healthcare consumer.