4th Summit of Global Digital Health Partnership,
25-26 February 2019, The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, India  
For Inter-governmental Delegates only


Background

The Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) is an international collaboration of governments, government agencies and multinational organisations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of their citizens through the best use of evidence-based digital technologies.

lt has been created to provide an international platform to facilitate global collaboration and cooperation to share policy insights, best practices and evidence based implementation of safe, secure digital technologies to improve the quality, accessibility and sustainability of health systems.


Vision

The vision of the GDHP is to support governments and health system reformers to improve the health and well-being of their citizens through the best use of evidence-based digital technologies.


GDHP Member Countries

Currently, 23 countries are the member of this group which include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan Republic of Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ukraine, Uruguay and the World Health Organization.


Five work streams of GDHP

SN Work Stream Brief description
1 Cyber Security This work stream is focused on strategies that can strengthen the processes and practices designed to protect healthcare related devices, systems and networks as well as the data within them, from security risks and cyber- attacks.
2 Evidence and Evaluation The proposed work stream activity within this theme was focused upon sharing methods, insights and examples of digital health evaluation frameworks, concrete examples of lessons learnt from existing digital health benefits evaluations and strategies for rapid knowledge sharing across participant countries.
3 Policy Environments The proposed work stream activity within this theme was focused upon two key areas, being the role of government in supporting innovation and development in digital health technology as a vehicle for health system reform, and the challenges of governments in addressing privacy and consent issues in the process of sharing health data and information with patients, clinicians and other organisations.
4 Interoperability The proposed work stream activities within this theme focused upon the evolving challenges of sharing patient data between care providers, organisations, caregivers and patients. Interoperability challenges are partly a technical problem for health systems, clinicians and patients, however they also pose significant risks for patient safety, and detract from high quality coordinated care and the efficient delivery of services.
5 Clinical and Consumer Engagement The proposed work stream activity within this theme was focused upon building an understanding of strategies that have worked to improve digital health literacy, and the role of co- design in addressing the needs of patients and clinicians in their efforts to use digital health technologies to support better health and care across countries.

Hosting of 4th Summit of GDHP in India

  • India has recently participated in Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) events first held in January, 2018 in Australia and second in April, 2018 in Washington DC and third on September, 2018 in London.
  • GDHP partnership is an international collaboration on Digital Health with 23 countries as its members presently and is supported by World Health Organization (WHO).
  • It is the only international platform with such a wider participation on the issue of digital health. With US, UK and Australia having done three Summit meeting so far, India has taken the leadership role in the GDHP and hence the proposed Summit organized by India in February.
  • India led the Digital Health Resolution in the 71st World Health Assembly in April 2018 at Geneva & highlighted global attention to the potential, challenges and opportunities related to Digital Health Technology and need for close collaboration on the issue globally.