Fresh efforts have been announced to accelerate the use of digital health technologies to meet global public health needs.
Last weekend, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened a panel of global experts to help shape the organisation’s road map to advance the digital health ecosystem.
Over the course of the two-day event, the WHO Digital Health Technical Advisory Group discussed a range of topics including data governance, ethical and equitable use of digital technologies, and helping communities benefit from proven and cost-effective digital health solutions. The meeting led to an agreed action plan to focus the expert group’s activities and priorities over the next two years.
“Digital technologies can play a powerful role in improving the health of people worldwide,” said Bernardo Mariano, director of WHO’s Department of Digital health and Innovation.
“WHO’s goal is to ensure digital technologies for health are safe and that proven tools reach everyone, everywhere. Digital health can help expand primary health care, allow health workers to fight resurgent or new diseases and ensure people can benefit from the transformation in digital health. What we call ‘digital health’ today will be, in future, known simply as the way we deliver health services in the digital age," Mariano added.