Disruptive Technologies and Innovations in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief: An Integrative Approach

  • Krish W. Ramadurai
  • Sujata K. Bhatia
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Bioengineering book series (BRIEFSBIOENG)


In our previous chapters, we defined the nature of an array of innovation processes as well as their applications and development for humanitarian medicine. But once again, we have merely scratched the surface when it comes to the boundless potential for innovation in humanitarian response and management. In particular, we are currently in the midst of huge tangential shift in disaster response and mitigation responses employed by multilateral agencies. This is of course thanks to the rapid advancement and integration of novel technologies and user interfaces that hold promise in changing how we as humans respond to conflict and disaster. In this chapter, we take a holistic approach in examining a spectrum of disruptive technologies and innovation that seek to propel a new era of humanitarian medicine and the alleviation of human suffering. These innovations encompass an array of fields ranging from data collection and crisis management to the integration of mobile health (mHealth) applications and blockchain platforms to better treat refugees and conflict victims. What is fascinating is that each one of these innovations has the innate capacity to revolutionize the humanitarian relief paradigm. But when these innovations are put together, they create a highly dynamic, functional innovation ecosystem that serves as an impetus for unlimited value-creation and problem-solution discovery.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krish W. Ramadurai
    • 1
  • Sujata K. Bhatia
    • 2
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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