WHO adopts Resolution on Digital Health initiated by India: JP Nadda

May 29, 2018 20:35 IST
WHO adopts Resolution on Digital Health initiated by India: JP Nadda

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda on May 29, 2018 announced that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has adopted the resolution on Digital Health, brought out by India, during the 71st World Health Assembly.

The 71st World Health Assembly was held in Geneva and was attended by delegations from all WHO member states.

JP Nadda’s tweet

Resolution on Digital Health

• The resolution recognises that Digital health technology has a huge potential for supporting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and improving accessibility, quality and affordability of health services.

• The resolution urges Member States to prioritise the development and greater use of digital technologies in health as a means of advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.

• It is the first step towards mainstreaming digital interventions in health including use of deep machine learning, artificial intelligence, internet of things and other emerging disciplines like genomics.

• It paves the way for the WHO to establish a global strategy on digital health, identify priority areas and engage member states to optimise their health systems in sync with the global digital health agenda.

• It also asks Member States to identify priority areas in which they would be benefitted from WHO assistance such as implementation, evaluation and scaling up of digital health services and applications, data security, ethical and legal issues.

Existing digital health technologies

Some of the existing digital health technologies include:

  • Systems that track disease outbreaks by using "crowdsourcing" or community reporting
  • Mobile phone text messages for positive behaviour change for prevention and management of diseases like diabetes

Global Digital Health Summit

• JP Nadda also revealed that India is planning to host a Global Digital Health Summit in near future with the support of the WHO.

• It is expected that the summit would contribute to the WHO’s efforts to come up with a comprehensive global health strategy on digital health.


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