Healthcare professionals working flat out for a year, living through experiences nothing could really prepare them for; health systems stressed to breaking point; a population facing fear, insecurity and grief without the human contact to make these bearable – the COVID-19 pandemic will indeed cast a long shadow, even as vaccination drives in Europe are finally picking up speed and there appears now to be some light at the end of the tunnel. In this episode of CORDIScovery, our host, Abigail Acton, leads a discussion with four distinguished guests to find out about several exciting innovations that will help to transform European healthcare in the years to come in the post-pandemic world. Lars Montelius is the Director–General of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, and a professor in Nanotechnology at Lund University, Sweden and he offers his valuable insights into how nanotech is going to boost healthcare. Corina Sas, professor in Human Computer Interaction and Digital Health at Lancaster University is interested in devices that have a role to play in helping us deal with mental health challenges. But however sophisticated the digital solutions are, will people always prefer face-to-face contact with a psychiatrist? Dr Elena Phillips, based at the Hamburg Centre for Health Economics has some answers. And finally, pity the public health authorities charged with working out what cutting-edge tech to fund. Can that decision be simplified? The President of Italian Health Economics Association, Aleksandra Torbica, tells us more.
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