Public Health Innovations for COVID-19: Finding, Trusting, and Scaling Innovation

Publication | October 2020

This paper provides an overview of innovative solutions that can bolster public health responses during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The public and private sector, civil society, and academic institutions have developed many innovative solutions to manage health aspects of the COVID-19 crisis. Innovators have focused on tools for surveillance, supply chain management, clinical trials, diagnosis, communication, and developing vaccines. These have been supplemented by research collaboration platforms, isolation and hospital upgrading novelties, as well as risk stratification resources. The paper presents many of these solutions with the aim of supporting evidence-based health responses and proposes that a “living platform” for sharing public health innovations is developed.

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  • Introduction
  • Trends in Innovations Related to COVID-19 in the Health Sector
  • Enabling Factors for Health Innovations Related to COVID-19
  • Conclusion

Additional Details

  • Health
  • Communicable and vector-borne diseases
  • Emerging diseases
  • COVID-19
  • Health system development
  • Health sector development and reform
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • 20
  • 8.5 x 11
  • WPS200283-2

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