Global alignment on digital health priorities

08 April, 2019

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:

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