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Global health care sector challenges

2022 marks the second full year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it continues to dominate health systems’ attention and resources. Despite COVID-19’s many devastating impacts, it does present the health care sector with a powerful opportunity to accelerate innovation and reinvent itself. COVID-19 has accelerated numerous health care trends, being catalyst to initiate and accelerate […]

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Contamination and airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2

SARS-CoV-2 is a virus whose primary means of transmission has been demonstrated to be via the airborne route [Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: implications for infection prevention precautions]. In contrast to an initial belief that transmission without direct contact was considered to be due to contact with contaminated surfaces, the current consensus now accepts the hypothesis of […]

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The impact of the pandemic on depressive and anxiety disorders

Prior to 2020, mental disorders were the leading causes of global health burden, with depressive and anxiety disorders contributing the most to this burden. The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has created an environment in which many determinants of poor mental health are exacerbated. Against this backdrop, an international group of mental health specialists set […]

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Accessibility in health applications and telemonitoring devices.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of telemonitoring applications, insofar as they have enabled remote care and the monitoring of patients’ clinical parameters remotely, avoiding unnecessary trips to both primary care centres and hospitals. However, it has also revealed significant barriers in terms of accessibility.  This is one of the conclusions of the study […]

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EU4HEALTH: Towards a healthier European Union

Europe, in its commitment to promote the well-being of the entire population, has approved the programme EU4Health, with a budget of €5.1 billion, which aims to prepare EU health systems more rigorously for future health threats and pandemics. The new programme’s main objectives include strengthening health systems by supporting countries to coordinate with each other […]

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