The digital transformation of health systems has the potential to improve access, quality and efficiency of health care on an unprecedented scale, and accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage. It is therefore critical for national governments to allocate necessary funding to digitally enable their health systems as part of wider health system strengthening investment, and to ensure that this is part of their national plans and priorities. While some countries are able to mobilise the necessary funding domestically, others require additional support through international funding.
One of Transform Health’s three key objectives is advocating for increased and better coordinated domestic and international financial investments to support the equitable, inclusive, and sustainable digital transformation of health systems in low and middle income countries.
Closing the digital divide: More and better funding for the digital transformation of health
To guide this work, Transform Health has published a Conceptual Framework to guide investments and action towards health for all in the digital age.
‘Closing the digital divide: More and better funding for the digital transformation of health’ frames the thinking on how to guide investments and action for digital health transformation in low and middle income countries. The report lays out six key recommendations for national governments, international donors, and the private sector to increase and improve investments towards building digitally-enabled health systems that improve health outcomes for all.
This report has been developed by Transform Health, with the support of its partners PATH and Joep Lange Institute, and with research contributions from regional networks and the Young Experts: Tech 4 Health. It was guided by Transform Health’s Resource and Investment Circle and a dedicated global group called the Global Research Consortium that was established to contribute to the development of the conceptual framework. The Global Research Consortium brought together regional and global partners and young people from around the world. Read more.
Taking forward the recommendations in 'Closing The Digital Divide'
Following the publication of Closing the digital divide, Transform Health partners have been working closely with the WHO and Indian presidency of the G20 to increase the availability of information on digital health investments. This has included inputting into the development of a Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH). Transform Health is organising a series of multi-stakeholder consultations to ensure that the perspectives of different groups are reflected in this work.
Read about the Investing Smarter in Digital Health Transformation working group that Transform Health has established to drive implementation of the recommendations in Closing the digital divide