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Can technological advancements help to alleviate COVID-19 pandemic? a review

Publication Type : Journal Article

Source : Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 117, pp. 103787 (Q1, IF – 6.317), DOI:

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Campus : Coimbatore

School : School of Computing

Center : Computational Engineering and Networking

Year : 2021

Abstract : The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing, and the innovative and efficient contributions of the emerging modern technologies to the pandemic responses are too early and cannot be completely quantified at this moment. Digital technologies are not a final solution but are the tools that facilitate a quick and effective pandemic response. In accordance, mobile applications, robots and drones, social media platforms (such as search engines, Twitter, and Facebook), television, and associated technologies deployed in tackling the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak are discussed adequately, emphasizing the current-state-of-art. A collective discussion on reported literature, press releases, and organizational claims are reviewed. This review addresses and highlights how these effective modern technological solutions can aid in healthcare (involving contact tracing, real-time isolation monitoring/screening, disinfection, quarantine enforcement, syndromic surveillance, and mental health), communication (involving remote assistance, information sharing, and communication support), logistics, tourism, and hospitality. The study discusses the benefits of these digital technologies in curtailing the pandemic and ‘how’ the different sectors adapted to these in a shorter period. Social media and television’s role in ensuring global connectivity and serving as a common platform to share authentic information among the general public were summarized. The World Health Organization and Governments’ role globally in-line with the prevention of propagation of false news, spreading awareness, and diminishing the severity of the COVID-19 was discussed. Furthermore, this collective review is helpful to investigators, health departments, Government organizations, and policymakers alike to facilitate a quick and effective pandemic response.

Cite this Research Publication : Mervin Joe Thomas, Vishnu Lal, Ajith Kurian Baby, Muhammad Rabeeh V. P., Alosh James, Arun K. R., 2021, "Can technological advancements help to alleviate covid-19 pandemic? a review," Journal of Biomedical Informatics. 117, pp. 103787 (Q1, IF – 6.317), DOI:

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