2020 Global Digital Health Partnership Launches White Papers

“In the time of COVID Pandemic, countries have aggressively adopted digital tools to address health needs. The data driven decisions proved to be the cornerstone in our fight against COVID. The need of the hour is to leverage this momentum and accelerate towards a holistic Global Digital Health Ecosystem. GDHP white papers aim to enable countries with a definitive direction to advance in strengthening the healthcare delivery system with prominent use of digital technologies. These efforts of GDHP to achieve interoperability of data; robust policy, regulation & decision making, data security and privacy etc. will surely pave the way for a digital healthcare economy in years to come.” Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and Chair GDHP


“Sharing digital health information is now more important than ever as individual nations and the global community respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. These White Papers will provide both participant and non-participant countries and territories with guidance on the key digital health enablers that can lead in improving the health and well-being of citizens at national and sub-national levels through the best use of evidence-based digital technologies.” Mr. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and Focal Point, GDHP Secretariat


Building on the first set of white papers published in 2018, the second set of white papers aim to identify key health challenges and offer digital solutions to aid in the presenting of persuasive positions for planning, prioritised investments, strategic approaches, and evaluation of digital health initiatives.

We hope that these reports provide both participant and non-participant countries and territories with guidance on the key digital health enablers that can lead to improving the health and well-being of citizens at national and sub-national levels through the best use of evidence-based digital technologies.

The GDHP would like to thank countries and territories who participated in the work stream discussions and in particular thank those (from five continents) who contributed their profiles to these reports including – Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay. Rodney Ecclestone and Clara Lubbers provided guidance and editorial support to the work stream Chairs and Co-Chairs, and worked with participant countries to ensure the development of these reports.


Downloads



All GDHP Whitepapers

Overview


Citizen Access to Health Data

Cyber Security: Foundational Capabilities








Advancing Interoperability Together Globally




Benefits Realisation: Sharing Insights







  1. The Citizen Access to Health Data white paper explores global efforts to make personal health information available to citizens. This area was of particular interest for two reasons. First, it represents a relatively new phenomenon. Over the last decade there has been a universal shift in thinking; one where there was little to no support for providing citizens with access to their information, to present day, where we are accelerating efforts to provide citizens access to information in an equitable and secure manner. Second, because most countries are just beginning this citizen access journey, this is an excellent opportunity to share our collective knowledge and actively pursue global efforts, especially around common metrics to assess and measure impact.

  2. The Benefits Realisation: Sharing Insights white paper focuses on providing evidence for governments and policy makers to make informed decisions that guide future investment in digital health services. This report presents our collective GDHP agreement on what these benefits categories are, and which ones should be prioritised in terms of undertaking evaluations of different digital health service or technology types. In addition, we investigated how these benefits categories had been represented in evaluation examples around the world, in terms of the variety of outcome measures that can be used for each specific category.

  3. The Advancing Interoperability Together Globally White Paper builds on the previous white paper’s analysis of countries and territories’ health system infrastructures, how they exchange health data, for what purposes that exchange happens, and what standards are employed to collect, use, and share that data. In this white paper, we collected structured and illustrative information from GDHP participants to understand the barriers to advancing interoperability, and the creative solutions they have devised to overcome those barriers. We also discuss the healthcare purposes that have the highest priorities for interoperability. Finally, we propose potential next steps for advancing interoperability globally through the adoption and use of health data standards.

  4. The Cyber Security: Foundational Capabilities White Paper aims to establish GDHP countries' current collective maturity with regards to addressing the most pressing topics, namely: cyber security, in an era of digital health care. This paper's findings seek to provide the basis from which collective action and collaboration can take place to address common challenges, and for further work with those countries that have made great strides in complex problem spaces for the benefit of all.

“In the time of COVID Pandemic, countries have aggressively adopted digital tools to address health needs. The data driven decisions proved to be the cornerstone in our fight against COVID. The need of the hour is to leverage this momentum and accelerate towards a holistic Global Digital Health Ecosystem. GDHP white papers aim to enable countries with a definitive direction to advance in strengthening the healthcare delivery system with prominent use of digital technologies. These efforts of GDHP to achieve interoperability of data; robust policy, regulation & decision making, data security and privacy etc. will surely pave the way for a digital healthcare economy in years to come.” Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and Chair GDHP


“Sharing digital health information is now more important than ever as individual nations and the global community respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. These White Papers will provide both participant and non-participant countries and territories with guidance on the key digital health enablers that can lead in improving the health and well-being of citizens at national and sub-national levels through the best use of evidence-based digital technologies.” Mr. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and Focal Point, GDHP Secretariat


Building on the first set of white papers published in 2018, the second set of white papers aim to identify key health challenges and offer digital solutions to aid in the presenting of persuasive positions for planning, prioritised investments, strategic approaches, and evaluation of digital health initiatives.

We hope that these reports provide both participant and non-participant countries and territories with guidance on the key digital health enablers that can lead to improving the health and well-being of citizens at national and sub-national levels through the best use of evidence-based digital technologies.

The GDHP would like to thank countries and territories who participated in the work stream discussions and in particular thank those (from five continents) who contributed their profiles to these reports including – Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay. Rodney Ecclestone and Clara Lubbers provided guidance and editorial support to the work stream Chairs and Co-Chairs, and worked with participant countries to ensure the development of these reports.


Downloads



All GDHP Whitepapers

Overview


Citizen Access to Health Data

Cyber Security: Foundational Capabilities








Advancing Interoperability Together Globally




Benefits Realisation: Sharing Insights







  1. The Citizen Access to Health Data white paper explores global efforts to make personal health information available to citizens. This area was of particular interest for two reasons. First, it represents a relatively new phenomenon. Over the last decade there has been a universal shift in thinking; one where there was little to no support for providing citizens with access to their information, to present day, where we are accelerating efforts to provide citizens access to information in an equitable and secure manner. Second, because most countries are just beginning this citizen access journey, this is an excellent opportunity to share our collective knowledge and actively pursue global efforts, especially around common metrics to assess and measure impact.

  2. The Benefits Realisation: Sharing Insights white paper focuses on providing evidence for governments and policy makers to make informed decisions that guide future investment in digital health services. This report presents our collective GDHP agreement on what these benefits categories are, and which ones should be prioritised in terms of undertaking evaluations of different digital health service or technology types. In addition, we investigated how these benefits categories had been represented in evaluation examples around the world, in terms of the variety of outcome measures that can be used for each specific category.

  3. The Advancing Interoperability Together Globally White Paper builds on the previous white paper’s analysis of countries and territories’ health system infrastructures, how they exchange health data, for what purposes that exchange happens, and what standards are employed to collect, use, and share that data. In this white paper, we collected structured and illustrative information from GDHP participants to understand the barriers to advancing interoperability, and the creative solutions they have devised to overcome those barriers. We also discuss the healthcare purposes that have the highest priorities for interoperability. Finally, we propose potential next steps for advancing interoperability globally through the adoption and use of health data standards.

  4. The Cyber Security: Foundational Capabilities White Paper aims to establish GDHP countries' current collective maturity with regards to addressing the most pressing topics, namely: cyber security, in an era of digital health care. This paper's findings seek to provide the basis from which collective action and collaboration can take place to address common challenges, and for further work with those countries that have made great strides in complex problem spaces for the benefit of all.