28/05/2020 | News & Events / News

Health Innovation Ecosystem Fighting Covid-19 - A map to download and an interactive tool

Editorial Team |


We are pleased to share the “Health Innovation Ecosystem Fighting Covid-19” map we have created together with the Frontiers Health Team.

The map is the result of the examination of the most active global players committed since the beginning of the Coronavirus emergency to provide concrete solutions to mitigate the pandemic.

We have worked to make the map as complete and accurate as possible, identifying the various areas of intervention in which health innovators have worked.

The collective interventions have been divided in thematic areas: from disease management to predictive analysis, from remote monitoring to screening and triage, from telemedicine to international initiatives.

We at Healthware believe that this landscape can be a tool to enhance the value and impact of digital health, improve coordination and facilitate cooperation and scalability.

That is why, to facilitate its usage, we have developed an easy-to-use intuitive interactive website available at pandemic.digitalhealthmap.com.

It is also possible to download the high resolution PDF version of the map.



Discover the thematic areas in which health innovators have worked

Remote monitoring

Remote monitoring was already growing in use prior to the pandemic, but has been greatly catalyzed by the special needs brought about because of the pandemic. By leveraging remote monitoring solutions, physicians can safely monitor patients at home and keep in-person care for the neediest cases and reduce the patient load in the hospitals.

Disease tracking & predictive analytics

As many countries move towards a phased re-opening following lockdown, we know that testing and contact tracing will be critical to ensure countries stay ahead of new spikes in cases. The tech community has rallied to provide tools to enable disease tracking and predictive analytics to enable healthcare organizations, governments and local communities the ability to make timely and critical decisions about re-opening.

Mental & Behavioral health

With nearly a third of the world’s population in lockdown, the World Economic forum referred to the quarantine of 2.6M people as “the world’s largest psychological experiment”. As a result, it is expected that we will see an increase in symptoms of psychological stress and disorder, insomnia, anxiety, anger, irritability, emotional exhaustion, depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms. In the US, prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications have gone up 34%. Digital mental and behavioral health solutions have also seen a huge increase in uptake. Recognizing the huge impact on mental health across the board, the FDA loosened regulations for digital therapeutics addressing mental health to ensure greater access for those in need.

Education and Disease Management

Patients with one or more chronic conditions have been the most vulnerable to Covid-19. Ongoing disease management programs that address these populations have helped support these patients in various ways, leveraging health coaches that have become front line healthcare workers. And the ongoing educational efforts from various organizations has helped ensure that people are informed via science-backed.

Telehealth, screening, triage and virtual care

Telemedicine was also growing in use prior to the pandemic, but struggled to gain meaningful traction due to inertia and regulations that hindered growth. Once there was a recognition of what the world was facing and the impending desperate need for virtual care, regulations were lifted and adoption skyrocketed. Interactive chat bots allowed patients to better understand risk factors and know whether calling their doctors was warranted. Being able to triage patients outside of the ER became critical to saving lives.

Disease Knowledge, Diagnostics & Detection

With a novel new virus spreading easily around the world, one that is potentially deadly, spreading disease knowledge has never been more critical to ensure citizens are up to date on the latest facts and understand how to protect themselves and their families. Diagnostics and detection are equally critical and needed at a scale never before seen around the world.

Hubs & Special Initiatives

There are many organizations, like Frontiers Health, that are working to help amplify the efforts of start-ups and innovative tech companies to help address the crisis and raise awareness of new tools, partners and solutions to the global audience. From non-profits to healthcare consortiums and accelerators, the ecosystem has joined together to fight the pandemic and lessen the impacts of the disease on millions of patients worldwide.

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