L'World Health Organization has recently published the third report "Global Research and Innovation for Health Emergencies" which contains all the most effective and promising results obtained through research and innovation in the field of infection prevention and control (IPC) in health emergencies. Among the articles mentioned in the report there is also work coordinated by teacher. Leandro Pecchia, Ordinary of IngBiomedical engineering and Head ofIHT lab Research Unit (Intelligent Health Technology for Health and Wellbeinging lab) ofUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Entitled “The use of intelligent environments and robots for infection prevention control: a systematic literature review”.

The study provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of the art in the use of intelligent environments and robots for IPC, highlighting the potential benefits of these technologies for reducing the risk of infection in healthcare settings. “Current IPC practices within hospitals and beyond are not based on automation and advanced technology - explained the professor. Pecchia - We must generate clinical evidence to raise awareness of the effectiveness of these technologies to protect citizens, patients and healthcare workers even in resource-limited settings."

Thanks to his long experience in Biographyingglobal health engineering, with a specific focus on low- and middle-income countries, Prof. Leandro Pecchia was appointed in 2020 Innovation Manager for the WHO Infection Prevention and Control team, in order to support the response to the pandemic emergency. "We need to invest in multidisciplinary research to ensure that experts with different backgrounds influence each other, as happens in the two degree courses UCBM: Medicine and Surgery 'Medtech' e Biomedical Engineering" added the professor. Pecchia. Enabling technologies such as artificial intelligence, robots and IoT they can revolutionize public health with fundamental benefits for global health.