There has never been a more critical time to prepare for a major pandemic and accelerate the development of a worldwide workforce to achieve universal health coverage.
Mahmoud Khattab: The global medical research and healthcare services sectors are responding to the changing context of COVID-19’s development and circulation, working together to engage governments, businesses, and communities in planning and response. The urgent need to predict how the disease will spread is leading to the expansion of the WHO’s Pandemic Influenza Program—all of which brings innovation and disruption to the global health care sector.
Global spending on health services will top $7.1 trillion by 2021, almost double the projected spending of $3.7 trillion in 2016. Innovation is central to generating value for all stakeholders.
Public Health Systems Must Adapt and Innovate
Productive public health systems, such as those in Norway and the United Kingdom, can respond faster to this and future pandemics by increasing their capacity to manage crisis. Still Pivotal in Future of Health Care Productive public health systems, such as those in Norway and the United Kingdom, can respond faster to this and future pandemics by increasing their capacity to manage crisis.
International Development Organizations: Since traditional responses are unsustainable and costly in the long-term, new approaches are needed. One key area of change is how responders act as bridge-builders between the affected countries and those that are ready to support them. Mahmoud Khattab: Providers and payers are in a state of near permanent evolution, changing with changing market conditions and the emergence of new health challenges, new technologies, and business models, including shifting consumer demand.
Preparing for the Next Pandemic
There are three areas for action – prepare for the next pandemic, strengthen clinical practice, and improve health system and social care. Co-located with the Annual Conference on Public Health and Infectious Diseases, the Voluntary Collaboration on Next Pandemic Public Health Conference (VCPHP) will focus on these three areas and help advance further action to ensure public health is prepared for and responds quickly to emerging health threats.