What is Digital Health Week?

Digital Health Week is a global week of action to celebrate, promote and advocate for digital health and its critical role in providing health for all by 2030. Digital Health Week is an opportunity for diverse stakeholders within and across countries to come together at national and regional levels to exchange ideas and experiences, reach consensus on the main challenges and opportunities in their contexts and agree on what needs to happen to ensure digital transformation of health to achieve universal health coverage.

Why is this needed?

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.

Who is organising it?

Transform Health is creating this space and facilitating the launch of the first Digital Health Week across different countries and regions. However, this is not a Transform Health branded event – Digital Health Week is a space for all actors involved in digital health to organise their own events and promote their own work and issues, in collaboration with others, to ensure digital technology and data can help the world achieve its Universal Health Coverage goal.

Who can participate in Digital Health Week?

Anyone working in or interested in digital health can participate in Digital Health Week by making a commitment or hosting an event in their community. It is a moment that everyone can make their own! All vetted events and commitments will be publicly listed on the Digital Health Week website as a part of this global moment, to encourage collaboration, participation and public accountability.

What will happen during Digital Health Week?

Participating organisations from across the world, including Transform Health, will:

  • Amplify key messages about the digital transformation of health through social and mainstream media
  • Host events in their respective countries and regions
  • Make public commitments towards advancing the digital transformation of health in their contexts
What does Digital Health Week aim to achieve?

Digital Health Week aims to start national and regional conversations to elevate the issue of digital transformation of health and bring more people and organisations into the conversation to generate greater understanding of and visibility for the digital health ecosystem.

It will build public and political understanding and support for the digital transformation of health systems and the use of data to achieve universal health coverage.

What is the theme of this year’s Digital Health Week?

Health for all in a digital age: What does it look like and how do we make it happen?

How can I get involved?

The Participate page lists three ways to get involved: 1) Amplify the cause, 2) Host an event and 3) Make a commitment! Click on the links given to sign your organisation up for an event or a commitment, or find our Resources section to amplify key messages in your networks!

On the Events page, you can find out who else is organising events in your country and region, along with a point of contact. Get in touch with the organiser to collaborate or participate in interesting events!

The Commitments page lists all public facing commitments made during Digital Health Week. Get in touch with organisations whose Commitments and work aligns with yours and join forces!

Who else is participating?

Check out a list of all participating organisations in our Community section. See their specific Events and Commitments in the respective pages, where all items are grouped by region.

Do I have to pay to participate?

No, Digital Health Week is a global moment open to all to participate in for free. Register your interest now!

About Commitments

What do you mean by making a commitment?

A commitment is a pledge made by organisations, governments or collaboratives towards the digital transformation of health systems and the use of data to advance Universal Health Coverage. Making a public commitment during Digital Health Week allows your work in this area to be spotlighted, facilitates public accountability, and encourages partnership and collaboration between relevant stakeholders

What kind of commitment can I make?

The commitment must promote or advance the role of digital technologies and data in achieving health for all, and can be:

  • A financial or resource commitment
  • A technical commitment
  • A research and knowledge based commitment
  • A regulatory, legislative or normative commitment
  • An outreach and communications commitment
  • An advocacy and accountability commitment
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion
What criteria should my commitment fall under?

Specific: Commitments must be country specific. In case it is impacting multiple countries, this needs to be set out clearly.

Measurable: Commitments need to be outcome driven, targeting a specific change. If the commitment is output driven, it needs to clearly identify the value and the impact of the output on the ecosystem within a given country. Organisations will be asked to set out high level indicators for success.

Achievable: Commitments need to be achievable within a given timeline (the next 5 years).

Relevant: Commitments need to make a contribution to the digital transformation of health systems and the use of data to achieve UHC in a given country. Organisations will be asked to explain how their commitment will achieve this.

Timebound: Organisations will be asked to set out within what time period they hope to achieve the outcomes they seek through their commitment.

What should a commitment look like?

Here are three sample commitments:

  • Our organisation will consult all our partners and do a landscape analysis on the legislative and regulatory barriers to the digital transformation of the health system in Indonesia. We will then work with the government to ensure the development of at least one piece of legislation that enables digital transformation while protecting the rights of citizens within the next parliamentary session in October 2022.
  • We will institutionalise the SafeCare programme across three counties in Ghana as a means of improving quality of primary health care services, using digital technology and data for better informed decision making, by January 2023.
  • We will publish at least one major publication (such as peer-reviewed article, impact studies) annually, sharing research findings on our work and lessons on how mobile and digital innovations drive financial inclusion, increase access, improve quality and reduce costs of care by June 2022.
Does the commitment need to be a new initiative or contribution?

Whilst new and ambitious commitments are encouraged, the commitment can also be part of your existing body of work or set of priorities.

If you are making a commitment based on a donor-funded project, you will need to ensure you can make this commitment as an organisation and that you are not bound by the donor agreement to credit that commitment or contribution to the donor funding the initiative.

How can I make a commitment?

Submit THIS form on the Participate page of the DHW website.

What will happen to this commitment once made?

Just before Digital Health Week commences, we will send out communication to all organisations who have made a commitments. In countries that have over 10 organisations who have made a commitment we will invite organisations to come together for a virtual or in person (where we have a partner willing to coordinate this), to discuss these in more detail and to agree areas of potential collaboration to advance the whole sector.

All commitments will be displayed on the Commitments page, giving everybody an opportunity to know who is working on a particular issue in a given context. We will then invite organisations to report back on their commitment on a six monthly basis, allowing us to tell the story of progress towards the common goal of digital transformation in a given country.

About Events

Who can organise an event?

Any organisation working on issues related to digital health can organise an event during Digital Health Week. We would encourage you to register your event on the Digital Health Week website so that we can promote it on your behalf and explore the possibility of linking you up with other partners or event organisers who may be interested in collaborating with you.

What type of events can I organise?

Partners can organise a broad range of events with the central theme of ‘health for all in a digital age’. Below are examples of types of events you may want to consider:

  • Parliamentary meetings and events
  • Multi-stakeholder roundtables with the government, private sector, academia, civil society and professional bodies
  • Meetings with different organisations to share experiences and learning
  • Project visits
  • Youth and student led events
  • Launch of publications, reports, statements, commentaries etc. – e.g., publishing a landscape analysis report.
  • Social media campaigns – videos, infographics, blog posts, newsletters, petitions, podcasts etc.
  • Press conferences, media coverage, op-eds.
Are there any guidelines for hosting an event during Digital Health Week?

While organisations are free to organise their events as they like, it is recommended that DHW events:

  • Have a country-specific or region-specific focus.
  • Include the voices of youth, women and marginalised groups in the local context as speakers and experts.
  • Have a tangible output and outcome arising from the event.
How can I sign up to host an event during Digital Health Week?

Submit THIS form on the Participate page of the DHW website to ensure your event is displayed as a part of DHW activities. Your organisation will be responsible for the facilitation and promotion of its event. The event will also be promoted as a part of the Digital Health Week social media rush.

How will Digital Health Week support my event?

1. The Resource section on the Digital Health Week website contains key messages and fact-sheets that can help you conceptualise and plan your event.

2. Once your event is submitted and approved, it will be posted on the Digital Health Week website, along with a point of contact. Interested collaborators or participants will then be able to contact you for more details.

3. We will amplify your event in the run-up to Digital Health Week across Transform Health’s social media channels and that of its partners’.