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Review Article 
Year: 2023 I Volume: 5 I Issue: 3 I Pages I 15-29

Revolutionizing Healthcare Through Innovation and Transformation in Research: A Global Action Plan Initiative to Address Critical Gaps and Drive Progress

Nagwa Ibrahim1*, Nagla Raafat AbdRaboh2,3, Agnieszka Bienert4, Mirza R. Baig5, Abdulrahman Ismaiel6, Mansour Adam Mahmoud7, Nadia Al Mazrouei8, Ziyad S. Almalki9, Ghada Ali Younis10, Gehan Eltahawey11, Samra Bashir12, Hafez A. Ahmed13

1   Global Healthcare Activities, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2   Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

3   Dubai Medical College, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4   Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland

5   Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

6   2nd Medical Department, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

7   Taibah University, Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, Saudi Arabia

8   University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

9   College of Pharmacy, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia

10 Ministry of Health & Population, Egypt

11 Cairo University Hospital, Egypt

12 Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

13 St. George's University of London, United Kingdom

* Corresponding Author:

Nagwa Ibrahim, Pharm D, PhD

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Source of funding:  None


Conflict of interest: None

Submission date: 10 September 2023

Acceptance date: 27 September 2023

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Key words: Healthcare Research, Innovation & Transformation, Action Plan, Critical Challenges, Access & Equity, Sustainability & Resources Allocation.   


The current state of innovation and transformation in healthcare research differs significantly worldwide due to several factors such as economic development, healthcare infrastructure, cultural attitudes, government policies, healthcare challenges, international collaboration, access to education and research institutions, and response to crises. High-income countries tend to lead in advanced healthcare research, while low-and middle-income countries often focus on basic healthcare needs. Urban areas have more access to innovation than rural regions, and information technology facilities digital health solutions. Cultural acceptance of innovation, traditional medicine, and government priorities influence research directions. Disease burden and resource allocation shape research priorities, while global partnerships accelerate innovation. The presence of research institutions and education levels affect innovation, and crises prompt advancement. Understanding these factors is important for navigating the diverse landscape of healthcare research and innovation globally. During the 4th Global Pharmaceutical, Medical and Healthcare Research Symposium that was conducted on 1-2 September 2023 by Global Healthcare Activities (GHA) with the theme of "transformation and innovation in healthcare research: are we ready? Action needed to bridge the gap" a panel discussion has been conducted. The panel consisted of 12 experts from different countries worldwide including Romania, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Poland and Pakistan aimed to establish a global initiative to discuss the current status of healthcare research innovation and transformation, identify the challenges and gaps then to set a global action plan to be considered as a guidance for healthcare authority and decision makers worldwide. The details of the current status, challenges and gaps as well as the action plan have been explained in the manuscript.    


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