Digital health has been with us for nearly two decades. Despite the availability of the technology and proven strategies for their effective scaling, digital health is still being applied in a siloed, fragmented way that has prevented sustainable and scalable models being applied holistically by governments. Further, the lack of digital access and literacy, opaque health data rights, and the lack of engagement of people, particularly marginalised and hard to reach communities, in the planning, development and assessment of digital tools, impede progress to universal health coverage using digital technologies.
Digital Health Week is an opportunity to hear the multitudes of stories around digital health, its successes and its challenges. It offers the opportunity for all those involved in digital health to collaborate, to come together as a community, to build up a collective narrative and to reach out to others in government, civil society, the private sector, professional bodies and academia and encourage them to support the digital transformation of health systems to achieve UHC.