Acceleration of Digital Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Rethinking Tools for Global Digital Health / Aceleración de la Salud Digital Durante la Pandemia de COVID-19: Repensando las Herramientas Digitales para la Salud Global

Session Date: April 22, 2021

Session Description: The COVID-19 pandemic shed light on the critical need for all countries to strengthen their health systems, including timely health data access, reliable information systems, and the need for increased equitable access to healthcare. Digital health exponentially grew to fill these gaps in coverage and to increase access. COVID-19 shed light on where the largest needs for health systems redesign lie. Digital health increases access to and the quality of healthcare for all, making healthcare more person-centered and preventative. The unprecedented changes in healthcare will require sustainable and scalable digital health solutions. How can we bring digital health applications to scale and ensure its sustainability? This session will focus on the maturity and scalability of digital health within the broader lens of healthcare redesign. Using case studies from countries work with digital health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the session will describe the barriers and bottlenecks to digital health implementation in the field and how to tackle them. It will also touch on how to assess digital health readiness and repurpose tools of economic evaluation to support implementation and scale up.