The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed numerous vulnerabilities in global health systems. The existing facilities have been insufficient, and much of non-COVID-19 care has been suspended. The infrastructure and supply chains have proven to be easily disrupted. The public health efforts led by local, national and international agencies have received a lot of criticism. After the initial shock of global lockdowns

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In early July, Professor Derek Alderson stepped down as President of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). Shortly before that, Prof Alderson discussed with HealthManagement.org the current challenges in education, research and leadership areas and shared his views on the future of surgery. One of your interest areas is improvement of surgical standards through education, research and clinical performance

With artificial intelligence and personalised medicine playing an increasingly important role in today’s healthcare, one cannot help but wonder about the regulation of these fields. An expert analyses the pros and cons of the ‘checks and balances’ system that exists today and argues that too much regulation may result in negative patient outcomes. Key Points The two sides of any regulation, the regul

HealthManagement.org spoke to Héctor González-Jiménez, Associate Professor in Marketing at ESCP Business School in Madrid and researcher about COVID-19 and the use of robotics in diagnosis and treatment. Héctor is interested in interdisciplinary research that addresses phenomena on the self and consumption. Currently, his work spans areas such as cross-cultural consumer behaviour, body image and consum

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented level of public scrutiny of patient care, and developing highly reliable systems is no longer going to be optional for organisations in the future. Healthcare leaders are now challenged to implement new cultures focussed on sustaining safe, person-centred care for both patients and health workers. Key PointsDespite a focus on high reliability for the


COVID-19 continues to present new challenges to healthcare providers. As a leading healthcare IT partner, Agfa HealthCare is committed to supporting its clients during the COVID-19 crisis. Health Management.org spoke to Bob Craske, the Department Solutions Marketing Director for Agfa HealthCare to discuss Agfa’s newest Enterprise Imaging platform that facilitates image exchange, universal viewing, and cl

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) and the role it can play in the early detection of COVID-19 complications, increasing patient safety, and reducing the risk of spreading infection. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has posed immense challenges to medical professionals around the world. As personal interactions between medical professionals and patients have suddenly become fraught with danger, interest

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way healthcare works. HealthManagement.org spoke to Sourabh Pagaria to discuss the future of data and digital technologies as strategic assets for pandemic prevention in future. Key PointsThere is a need to adopt technological solutions to help extend reach of clinical staff and improve patient experience.Artifical Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) powered

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Among all countries affected by COVID-19, the Swedish pandemic strategy has polarised the political and global media response, where both condemning and acknowledging voices are heard. The question thus arises whether the Swedish approach is unique, and what reasoning leads to this strategy. This report does not discuss the outcome or validity of this strategy but aims to explain the current Swedish approa

The open-source BioDynaMo platform was developed at CERN to assist life scientists in creating biological simulations. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the platform has been adapted to simulate how the coronavirus spreads in populations, which can help to control the pandemic and inform decisions for similar outbreaks in the future. Key PointsIn life sciences, the ‘single researcher’s projec

Prevention and Innovation appear to be basic concepts for building a post-COVID-19 “new” normal, but which personal paradigms, and which collective actions would make them a reality beyond words? Key PointsPrevention: the system of measures to assure protection in case of predictable events with negative impact on people and environment.Innovation: methodology to activating first of all the detection

The possibility of introducing the so-called COVID-19 ‘immunity passports’ has been widely discussed in the recent months. It is, however, undermined by the lack of consensus on countless fundamental issues, such as immunity, effectiveness of antibody testing or the balance between individual liberties and public health safety. An ethics expert questions the legitimacy of such an approach in the current


With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, efficient collection, analysis and management of patient data may play a pivotal role in supporting clinical decision-making and improving outcomes. GE Healthcare is part of several AI-driven projects in the UK and France, which are aimed at assisting clinicians with diagnosis, triage and treatment of COVID-19 patients. Scottish microbiologist Sir Alexander Fleming fam

Hologic Iberia shares their experience of providing remote-based support to clinicians in hospitals in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges, switching to remote interaction proved to be a success thanks to the expertise of Hologic’s teams. This may now become a new promising direction for the company. In March, hospitals across Spain began making

ASG Superconductors is an Italian company specialising in superconductive magnets design and in manufacturing innovative superconducting wire (MgB2) and MRI systems. HealthManagement.org spoke to Marco Belardinelli, the Business Unit Director of the MRI Division at ASG, with a special focus on the technology and market development of the MROpen EVO, the “best MRI experience” system based on unique supe

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At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with lockdowns and restrictions of physical contact, many editorials in scientific journals started to speak about the telemedicine solutions but no telemedicine programme can be created overnight. In cardiology, the branch of telecardiology is well developed and the COVID-19 pandemic showed us the potential of this tool and the need for improvement in the months

Artificial intelligence developments in machine and deep learning are benefitting from the experience of COVID-19 to pave the way for future pandemic outbreaks. Key PointsThe generalised use of big data in healthcare implies a revolution that is reshaping the industry as we know it.Artificial intelligence has shown to be the key for unveiling trends in the spread of COVID-19.The lessons learnt through

In this article, we discuss some aspects of note with regard to virtual clinics, including their proposed benefits and associated challenges. We end by providing some tips for healthcare providers who are beginning to incorporate virtual consultation into their practice. Key Points COVID-19 crisis has heralded unprecedented change across healthcare systems globally.This has led to the rapid integration

While capacity in the health system was increased to manage COVID-19 infections, the experience for mental health was very different – services were closed and referrals fell by up to 90%. What are the lessons learnt for managing mental health services in a future pandemic and what is the role of digital technology? Key PointsMental health has had a different experience during the pandemic than services

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