International: GDHP releases white papers on digital health best practices
The Global Digital Health Partnership ('GDHP') released, on 23 July 2020, a set of white papers which aim to share national experiences of digital health in key areas to assist with the planning, implementation and evaluation of digital health initiatives. In particular, the white papers cover a range of topics including cybersecurity in the era of digital health care, advancing interoperability and the global efforts to make personal health information available to citizens.
Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India and Chair of the GDHP, Ms Preeti Sudan, stated, ''In the time of COVID-19 ('Coronavirus') pandemic, countries have aggressively adopted digital tools to address health needs. The data-driven decisions proved to be the cornerstone in our fight against Coronavirus. The need of the hour is to leverage this momentum and accelerate towards a holistic global digital health ecosystem. GDHP white papers aim to enable countries with a definitive direction to advance in strengthening the healthcare delivery system with prominent use of digital technologies.''