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Global Digital Health Initiative 2030

The year 2018 marks a turning point in the advent of global digital health. In April 2018, the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CWCDH) was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.1

Designed as a bridge between the health and technology sectors, the CWCDH is a response to the increasing use of mobile, wireless, and digital technologies for health purposes over the last decade, also referred to as digital health, most notably in low and middle income countries. Digital health opens new channels for transforming the delivery of care and addressing

economic, social and geographic inaccessibility. The next step is ensuring global cooperation and collaboration for the sustainability of innovations, their feasibility, scale-up and inclusivity. In May 2018, the much anticipated WHA Resolution on"Digital Health" was adopted by the 193 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the 71st Word Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. The Resolution affirms the digital opportunity to strengthen Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the use of digital technologies, including to improve access to, and monitoring, sharing and use of, quality data, direct citizen, health worker and government engagement, and to build capacity for rapid response to disease incidents and public health emergencies, leveraging the potential of digital information and communication technology (ICT) to enable multidirectional communications, feedback loops and data-driven “adaptive management”. The Resolution also empowers the WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to develop a comprehensive "Global Strategy on Digital Health" in consultation with member states as well as non-state partners. The strategy would identify best practice and priority areas on digital health that would be beneficial to address, including, but not limited to, gaps in research, evidence-based standards, support and scale-up, financing and business models, content, evaluation, cost-effectiveness and sustainability, data security, ethical and legal issues, re-use and adaptation of existing digital health and other relevant tools. In June 2018, the Resolution was matched by the release of the first version of the

ongoing "WHO Guidelines on Digital Health Interventions for Health Systems Strengthening".2&3

Earlier Event: April 20
CHOGM 2018 - CMA-CWCDH Side Event