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The GDHP Secretariat is delighted to announce that the second set of GDHP white papers have been published.
The Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) facilitates global collaboration and co-operation in the implementation of digital health services. There is currently no similar international forum to share best practice and enable co-working in digital health. Presently 30 Countries and WHO are the members of this partnership. Participating countries are engaging in an international dialogue to learn and share lessons on effective policy design and practical delivery implementation of digital health services.
GDHP white papers aim to share country experiences of digital health in key areas of challenge and debate to aid planning, implementation and the evaluation of digital health initiatives. The first GDHP white papers were published in 2019. Building on those, the second set of white papers are now available on the GDHP website. They cover the following topics:
These reports are an important asset in supporting governments make best use of digital technologies in future planning for pandemic preparedness and empowering achievement of Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and Chair of the GDHP said, “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.”
Dr. Don Rucker, National Coordinator - Health IT, USA and Chair, Interoperability work stream said, “Sharing information using health data standards for interoperability is necessary to advance public health reporting and research which are key parts of an evidence-driven response to pandemics. Now, more than ever, increasing collaboration and sharing best practices around the world, not just within countries and territories, is critical to advance interoperability together globally.”
Ms. Shelagh Maloney, Executive Vice President, Canada Health Infoway and Chair, Clinical and Consumer Engagement work stream said, “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. As governments around the world grapple with this new reality, and citizens in many jurisdictions are asked to remain home for public health, it has never been more critical for citizens to access their health information remotely: wherever and whenever it’s needed.”
Prof Meredith Makeham, Chief Medical Adviser, Australian Digital Health Agency and Chair, Evidence and Evaluation work stream said, “The importance of evaluating the benefits of investments in digital health – in terms of improved clinical, social and economic outcomes – has never been more important. Nations are focused on realizing the greatest possible benefit to the health and wellbeing of their communities and GDHP is empowering all of us to learn from each other and improve global approaches to making digital services work best.”
Mr. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and Focal Point, GDHP Secretariat said, “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.”
GDHP Secretariat congratulated the GDHP participants and Chair/Co-chair of GDHP work streams for this extensive exercise to shape digital healthcare collaboratively.
The Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) has published five whitepapers outlining the current state of digital health around the world. These papers will support governments and industry to enact policies and direct future investment to create a thriving global digital health ecosystem.
The whitepapers were finalised following the fourth GDHP Summit held in New Delhi, India on 25–26 February 2019 and share country experiences of digital health in key areas of challenge and debate on five key focus areas: clinical and consumer engagement, evidence and evaluation, interoperability, cyber security and policy environments.
The Clinical and Consumer Engagement Report outlines the global challenge of engaging a broad clinical workforce in digital health and identifies the factors that can deter health professionals from engaging with digital health products, such as the availability of training.
The Evidence and Evaluation Report identifies opportunities for countries to assess the effectiveness of digital health products, which can help countries to improve evidence-based investment decisions. This paper provides guidance on how countries can collect and apply data to better support these decisions.
The Interoperability Report outlines the challenges and opportunities associated with creating a ‘connected-up’ digital health system and noted the significant variation in approaches used by countries around the world. The paper presents an initial landscape analysis to promote greater harmonisation of interoperability standards over time.
The Cyber Security Report focuses on providing, tools, mechanisms, and best practices to effectively reduce the risk of cyber-attacks and vulnerabilities. The paper highlights many opportunities to meaningfully increase the maturity in risk-based cyber security management across the international health sector. Effective cyber security encompasses technologies, processes, and people in the broader digital health context.
The Policy Environments Report describes the outcomes from the deliberations and aims to share international perspectives on secondary use of health information. We hope that all countries, both participants and non-participants, will benefit from examining the solutions and lessons that have been shared here.
Tim Kelsey, Chair of the GDHP and CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency said “These reports are the first documents to comprehensively share country experiences of digital health in key areas of challenge and debate in digital health around the world.
“Through these papers, the GDHP seeks to act as one key vehicle for implementing the World Health Organization’s digital health resolution (WHA71.7) unanimously accepted at the World Health Assembly in May 2018. In addition, these reports seek to recognise the importance of digital technologies in improving health outcomes and integrating digital approaches into current models of care.”
“The GDHP helps Australia, and all member countries, to leverage the vast and varied experience in digital health to improve health outcomes for citizens around the word.”
Twenty-five countries and territories and the World Health Organisation currently participate in the GDHP. Participants include senior digital health officials from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Estonia, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay and the World Health Organisation.
Please download the reports here: https://www.gdhp.org/media-hub/news_feed/gdhp-reports
These reports aim to share country experiences of digital health in key areas of challenge and debate 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 member and non-member countries 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.
Digital health leaders from around the world met in New Delhi for the Fourth Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) Summit on 25-26 February.
The GDHP, which has 24 country members, is a collaboration of governments and territories, government agencies and the World Health Organization, formed to support the effective implementation of digital health services. The summit was hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and attended by senior health officials from 34 countries, territories and the WHO.
The Honourable Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India said: ‘The GDHP occupies a unique place in global efforts to accelerate digital health. Digital technology supports affordable, high quality and accessible healthcare and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. The spirit of this important initiative is embodied in the Delhi Declaration.’
The Delhi Declaration is a statement which focuses on the high relevance of digital health to attain the sustainable development goals and to improve the health and well-being of member country citizens at national and sub-national levels through the best use of evidence-based digital technologies. The Declaration was agreed and published at the Summit:
During this summit, six new members of GDHP were accepted: Chile, Estonia, Japan, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands.
Mr Erik Gerritsen, Secretary General of the Ministry of Health Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands, said: ‘We’re very happy and honoured to be accepted as a member by the participating countries of the GDHP. We are especially impressed by the progress made by the partnership which started only a year ago as a grass roots movement of governments, government agencies and the WHO.
‘We’re looking forward to making concrete next steps in the fields of interoperability and cyber security. These are key focus areas internationally that require global cooperation.’
Mr Tim Kelsey, Chair of the Global Digital Health Partnership and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Health Agency, presented five draft reports for each of the GDHP work plan’s key themes of interoperability, clinical and consumer engagement, evidence and evaluation, policy environments, and cyber security.
‘We are here because harnessing the power of the modern information revolution is vital to the quality and sustainability of health and care for us and for future generations,’ he said.
The summit was followed by the International Symposium on Digital Health, on Wednesday 27 February 2019, hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; World Health Organization and the George Institute for Global Health.
The New Delhi summit marks one year since the formation of the GDHP.
Global Digital Health Partnership – 3-4 September 2018 Summit
London, United Kingdom
Digital health leaders representing 23 countries and territories and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have come together in London for the third Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) summit to collaborate and share their experiences, supporting the improved delivery of digital health services around the world.
The GDHP is a collaboration of governments and territories, government agencies and the World Health Organization, formed to support the effective implementation of digital health services.
New countries attending the London summit include Argentina, Brazil, Estonia, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine and Uruguay. They joined participants from Australia, Austria, Canada, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United States and the United Kingdom, attending meetings hosted by the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Digital on 3 and 4 September.
Discussions focused on how global collaboration can best support the design and adoption of digital health services. The GDHP work plan addresses the key themes of interoperability, clinical and consumer engagement, evidence and evaluation, policy environments, and cyber security. The partnership is developing shared resources in these areas which compare the approaches taken by different GDHP participant countries around the world.
GDHP participants at the London summit also engaged in discussions with experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Participants considered the expansion and integration of AI from the perspectives of research, clinical use and ethical and social implications, and how these initiatives varied in their development around the world.
It was announced that India will host the next summit in the week commencing 25 February 2019.
The GDHP is a collaboration of governments and territories, government agencies and the WHO to support effective implementation of digital health services. Following the inaugural summit in Australia in February 2018, the GDHP has been progressing work across the key topics of interoperability, clinical and consumer engagement, evidence and evaluation, policy environments, and cyber security.
For further information on the Global Digital Health Partnership, please visit www.gdhp.org.
Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey and Chief Medical Adviser Meredith Makeham with participants at the second Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) Summit 2018 in Washington DC
Digital health leaders from 16 countries, Hong Kong SAR and the World Health Organization (WHO) are participating in the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP), which has held its second Summit hosted in Washington DC on April 24-25. Participants discussed approaches to global collaboration in a range of topics related to the delivery of digital health services and associated policy priorities.
The GDHP is a collaborative of governments, territories, government agencies and the World Health Organisation to support effective implementation of digital health services. It was initiated in February 2018 in Canberra, Australia.
Australia, Argentina, Austria, Republic of Belarus, Canada, Hong Kong SAR, Republic of Indonesia, India, Italy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Ukraine, and the World Health Organization (WHO) are participating in the GDHP.
The GDHP is a platform for international healthcare leaders to share best practice in the use of data and technology to advance health and care, said Tim Kelsey, CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency, which hosts the GDHP secretariat.
“Digital technologies can improve the safety, quality, and effectiveness of healthcare, support earlier diagnosis of disease and the development of new medicines and treatments,” said Mr Kelsey. “They empower patients, citizens and the care professionals who serve them.”
The United States hosted the meeting in Washington. “The Global Digital Health Partnership is a unique opportunity to both collaborate with other nations by sharing best practices in digital health and to adopt innovative strategies that have worked well abroad,” US Department of Health and Human Services Chief Technology Officer Bruce D. Greensteinsaid.
“The United States is excited to participate in the GDHP. Every nation brings a unique perspective on health IT to the partnership and I’m looking forward to learning from them and bringing back valuable lessons learned to our work here in the US,” said Dr Don Rucker, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Dr Rucker chairs the GDHP work stream on Interoperability, one of five programs that are the focus of the international collaboration.
Summit participants have agreed five topics for collaboration that focus on interoperability, cybersecurity, clinician and consumer engagement, evaluation of the impact of digital health and related policy priorities, including privacy and consent.
“GDHP offers participating countries an opportunity to share their knowledge and learn from international evidence in a range of key areas relevant to digital health policy and service delivery. This can guide the way we develop our local initiatives to improve health and care,” said Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham, Chief Medical Adviser at the Australian Digital Health Agency who leads the GDHP secretariat.
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About the Global Digital Health Partnership
The next formal summit meeting of the GDHP will take place in the UK in September 2018.
For further information on the Global Digital Health Partnership, please visit www.gdhp.org.
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