Digital innovation can no longer be considered separately from health service delivery. Continuing with the status quo risks increasing the digital divide and health inequality, especially in resource-poor settings. We feel there is to urgent need to fuel a movement that calls for:
- Improved efficiency, alignment and investment as rapid uptake of digital health technologies is creating unprecedented opportunities for health.
- Increased collective action for health data to be recognized as a global public good to avoid fragmented data collection and lack of harmonized approaches with multiple incompatible systems.
- Empowered adolescents and meaningfully engaged young people, who are often neglected by the global healthcare sector. They are digital natives, who can meet their health needs by leveraging frontier technologies, whilst supporting in improving health of their own communities.
- Enhancement of women’s role and participation, as well as recognition of the unique value they have to collectively achieve health equity and un-biasing health datasets, which is especially important given the gender bias and discrepancies in technology development, use and ownership by gender.
What do you think you, or your organisation could do to make sure no one is left behind when using frontier technologies to achieve UHC? Get in touch below.