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Technological innovation has played an important role in responding to the global emergency situation created by the COVID-9 pandemic. Throughout this pandemic, technology has answered the call for a new form of public health that illustrates opportunities. 

One of the major aspects of coping with the pandemic refers to decision making during an emergency. Decision making during an emergency or at the battlefield requires a wide array of technological aids, from tactical AR goggles to advanced command and control centers in order to receive accurate information in real time. The pandemic challenge has required real-time, information-based decision making in order to be able to respond to the rapid changes in disease occurrence and shifting trends. 

A wide array of technological solutions have been offered for the collection and leveraging of facts and data to monitor the impact of the pandemic and draw insights. Among others are, technologies based on artificial intelligence that have allowed for the screening and tracking of patients and the prediction of the pandemic’s future course. 

Another important aspect of the response to the pandemic is command and control systems, that monitor the entrance to buildings and areas upon authorization, alert on the number of people gathering in a building, floor, or specific area, and measure the distance between people in real time, in order to support social distancing policy. These systems produce alerts upon any deviation from the rules, which in turn activate automatic procedures for the purification of the room or building, automatic ventilation, window opening, etc., while optimizing the use of spaces during the pandemic.

Health authorities coping with the COVID-19 crisis have been facing huge logistical challenges, having to follow the inventories of respirators, medical equipment, and any other resupply. Advanced technologies provide full monitoring of equipment in hospitals and various buildings and optimize the operation of the equipment.

The deployment of remote patient care, pressing an elevator button without touching it, the use of remote identification authentication in airports, etc. leverages on the existing technologies in the fields of sensing, thermal imaging, and biometric identification, accelerating the development of new technologies.

Many of the advanced innovations in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which are already applied around the world have originated in Israel. They are based on the country’s vast research experience and its ability to cope rapidly with new threats.

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