November 29 - December 2, 2020
| Digital

COVID-19: Maintaining Continuity of Care in Times of Health Crisis

The global death toll for COVID-19 has surpassed a million – a shocking statistic in itself – but one that fails to account for the pandemic’s devastating collateral damage. While healthcare systems have thrown everything at fighting Covid-19, there have been millions of additional deaths from unrelated illnesses. Thousands of cancers and other serious disease diagnoses have been missed, vital operations canceled and clinical trials halted. Patients with long-term conditions faced serious disruption to routine care, resulting in deteriorating physical and mental health and worsening prognosis. Health service providers now face a massive backlog of non-Covid related demand that needs addressing as urgently as the COVID crisis itself. This session will explore how technology is supporting continuity of care during the pandemic, with case studies from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the overall health and wellbeing of patients and populations.

  • Share in digital solutions born out of the current and previous pandemics to maintain continuity of care in times of crisis.

  • Learn about the role of online consultations and other digital programmes implemented in response to Covid-19 by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Session Details

December 1, 2020
16:00 - 16:40


  • CPD


Mubashir Farooq
Digital Project Lead
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership
Khaled Alabdulkareem
Assistant Minister of Health for Primary Health Care
Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Suliman Alomran
Medical Informatics Lecturer
College of Medicine, King Saud University