Digital health leaders meet for fifth GDHP summit


Wednesday, 23 October, 2019


Digital health leaders meet for fifth GDHP summit

Digital health leaders from around the world have again met to discuss how they can improve their services, at the fifth Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) Summit.

The summit, held in Hong Kong on 15–16 October, saw representatives from 17 countries and territories as well as the World Health Organization come together to share their experiences and explore industry advancements, best practice and policies.

In particular, GDHP Chair and Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Secretary Preeti Sudan said the meeting highlighted the importance of patient-centred health care.

Additionally, Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey said the GDHP has been working on interoperability, clinical and consumer engagement and cybersecurity.

This “has provided the agency with the opportunity to improve our own work plan through providing evidence and use cases which have informed our programs including the development of the National Interoperability Roadmap and the Digital Health Workforce and Education Roadmap”, Kelsey said.

World Health Organization Senior Advisor Dr Ramesh Krishnamurthy said, “Digital health interventions are fundamentally changing the way healthcare is delivered. These interventions are most useful when they help countries to advance their sustainable development goals and health coverage for their population. Our partnership provides an extraordinary opportunity for countries to share their best practices to advance their health-related sustainable development goals.”

The next summit will be in Lisbon, Portugal, in the week starting 16 March 2020.

Image courtesy: Australian Digital Health Agency.

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