The worldwide impact of the COVID-19 virus has been sudden and dramatic. While the immediate effects are seen in terms of the humanitarian crisis and the threat to the ability of all health care systems to function - the social, political and economic effects of this virus are also profound. Engineering has a huge role in both to play in both the short term and in the immediate future.
Through the Engineering Policy Group Northern Ireland, IET is bringing to the attention of senior decision-makers the benefits which technology can bring. Existing initiatives such as “tele” medicine, the use of robots for disinfection, and the use of apps and sensors – “digital” health will come to the fore in the aftermath of the immediate crisis.