Digital Health

Integrating digital approaches into health programming has become the norm in countries across the world with Ministries of Health and partner organizations working to institutionalize the digitization process. Rapid advances in architectures, standards and interoperability are opening new possibilities both for improving service delivery and utilizing the data digital systems produce.

Jerry Maambo, a Malaria Elimination Officer, has helped spearhead the Indoor Residual Campaign being enforced by PMI VectorLink Zambia in the Katete District.
Photo Credit: Chipema Chinyama for USAID

Digital health is the systematic application of information and communications technologies, computer science, and data to support informed decision-making by individuals, the health workforce, and health systems, to strengthen resilience to disease and improve health and wellness. Digitization work needs to take into account the larger enabling environment around the services and applications including policy/regulation, workforce, infrastructure, leadership/governance, and strategy/investment. In order to increase sustainability and reduce duplication and fragmentation, countries are increasingly developing national digital health strategies and national architectures to organize investments in ways that support the health system and provide integrated care.

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