We must think and act as one global society

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A family wearing protective masks takes a walk after restrictions were partially lifted for children for the first time in six weeks, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bilbao, Spain, on April 26, 2020. Photo: Reuters

The growing magnitude of this pandemic makes it more critical than ever that public and private stakeholders come together. We must think and act as one global society.

This pandemic cannot be the only focus of our attention. Many other digital health trends will accelerate this year to make patient care more precise, personalized, and connected. Internet of Things (IoT) and AI-enabled algorithms, machine-to-machine communications, and other technologies will continue to improve the productivity of patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as R&D. Incremental advances across connected drug delivery, wearable devices, and apps will also improve levels of patient engagement and adherence.

Bioconvergence – where data and digital are rapidly merging with the latest techniques in drug discovery, engineering, and biotech – will help unlock the potential of personalized medicine. Bioelectronics is another exciting field. It uses precise neurostimulation to better treat and monitor patients with chronic inflammatory diseases, as well as addressing other therapeutic areas with high unmet medical needs.

Collaborations between industry partners with interdisciplinary skills will become the new normal in 2022, while overall investment in pioneering research, as well as mergers and acquisitions, should continue to remain very strong.