WHO adopts India-initiated resolution on digital health

71st World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), has adopted the resolution initiated by India on digital health, said Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda on Tuesday.

The 71st World Health Assembly, attended by delegations from all WHO member states, was organized in Geneva last week.

“Digital health technology has a huge potential for supporting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and improving accessibility, quality, and affordability of health services. This is a resolution which should be owned by all of us so as to pave the path for a forward-looking global health agenda.”

The resolution is supposed to help the WHO in setting up a global strategy on digital health to identify priority areas. WHO will focus its efforts to engage member states to optimize their health systems in sync with the global digital health agenda.

The resolution is the first step towards mainstreaming digital interventions in health including big data and its analytics, use of deep machine learning, artificial intelligence, internet of things and other emerging disciplines like genomics.

Nadda also indicated about India’s plans of hosting a Global Digital Health Summit in near future with the support from the WHO and also hoped to contribute to WHO’s efforts of coming up with a comprehensive global health strategy on digital health.

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