WHO launches Global Initiative on Digital Health

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The World Health Organization has launched the Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH), a WHO-managed network of stakeholders organised to facilitate the implementation of the Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2025 and other WHO norms and standards for Digital Health System Transformation.

The GIDH will serve as a platform to enable a wide global ecosystem to work collectively to promote country capacity and strengthen international cooperation in digital health, prioritising the following:

  • assessing and prioritising Member States’ needs
  • evaluating the availability and reporting of country-level digital health resources and identifying under-funded priorities
  • supporting technically and financially the accelerated achievement of the strategic objectives defined in the Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020-2025
  • building capacity and converging efforts to encourage developing, maintaining and adapting digital health technologies to continuously changing needs.

The GIDH will work to address variability in the quality of digital solutions and emerging technologies related to standards, data privacy, security, and interoperability by amplifying identified best practices, open standards, and quality-assured building blocks.

Membership is open to all institutions engaged in digital health.

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