Abstract: This paper is devoted to finding the importance of the factors of industrial and manufacturing engineering for fighting a virus threat and to substantiating the perspectives of increasing quality in the healthcare sphere of based on digitalization and Industry 4.0. The authors perform quantitative analysis of the influence of the factors of industrial and manufacturing engineering on quality of fight against the virus threat in comparison with the traditional factors. A qualitative treatment of the advantages of digitalization and Industry 4.0 with the help of industrial and manufacturing engineering for increasing the quality in fight against the virus threat is provided. The perspectives are modeled and recommendations are developed for increasing the quality of fight against the virus threat based on digitalization and Industry 4.0, with the help of industrial and manufacturing engineering. Originality and advantages of the research consist in the fact that successfulness of fight against the virus threat is treated not from the positions of resources (expenditures) but from the positions of results - quality. Due to this, the research contributes to formation of a concept of healthcare, which is oriented at the result and which guarantees high quality of medical services. Importance of the research is predetermined by determining the role of the technological factors (industrial and manufacturing engineering) in provision of quality of fighting the virus threat. Significance of the performed research for development of scientific knowledge consists in provision of substantiation and practical recommendations for applying a new - digital - approach to fight against the virus threat.
Keywords: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Fight against the virus threat, Healthcare, Quality, Quality Management, Digitalization, Industry 4.0
Recieved: 26.07.2020 Accepted: 08.11.2020 UDC: 005.591.1:578.834