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Global Initiative on Digital Health

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    18th Aug, 2023


India in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) is going to launch the ‘Global Initiative on Digital Health’ as part of the ongoing G-20 summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.                                                                           

About the initiative:

  • It is first-of-its-kind global initiate aimed at data converge, interface of health platforms and investments in the digital health space around the globe.
  • The G20 summit is also working on bringing in the crucial interim Medical Countermeasure (MCM) — which is a ‘network of networks approach’ in collaboration with WHO.
  • This global digital platform will include an investment tracker, an ask tracker and a library of existing digital health platforms.
  • The initiative has also found funding from global partners.
  • The global platform for data sharing will offer no data about its users but will share analyses and work at inter operational ability of data.
  • Other initiatives in similar direction:
    • The summit is also working at garnering support for setting up a Climate and Health Initiative (CHI) in India, in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank and the launch of patient and healthcare workforce mobility portal.
    • It will explore the role of traditional complimentary and integrative medicine in addressing pressing health challenges and driving progress in global health and sustainable development.

Importance of Digital Health:

  • Digital health has the potential to prevent disease and lower healthcare costs, while helping patients monitor and manage chronic conditions.
  • It can also tailor medicine for individual patients.
  • Healthcare providers also can benefit from advances in digital health.
  • Digital tools give healthcare providers an extensive view of patient health by significantly increasing access to health data and giving patients greater control over their health.
  • The result is increased efficiency and improved medical outcomes.

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