Global preparedness against COVID-19: We must leverage the power of digital health

Sultan Mahmood, Khaled Hasan, Michelle Colder Carras, Alain Labrique

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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has revealed many areas of public health preparedness that are lacking, especially in lower- and middle-income countries. Digital interventions provide many opportunities for strengthening health systems and could be vital resources in the current public health emergency. We provide several use cases for infection control, home-based diagnosis and screening, empowerment through information, public health surveillance and epidemiology, and leveraging crowd-sourced data. A thoughtful, concerted effort—leveraging existing experience and robust enterprise-grade technologies—can have a substantive impact on the immediate and distal consequences of COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere18980
JournalJMIR Public Health and Surveillance
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Control
  • Developing countries
  • Global health
  • Infection
  • Informatics
  • Internet
  • Pandemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Informatics


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