The Digital Health Program is a vital component of the EIH/IS Unit, dedicated to revolutionizing models of care through the adoption and integration of digital health solutions. This Program of work harnesses the power of technology to transform the way healthcare is delivered, making it more accessible, efficient, and patient-centered. The Program focuses on various areas of digital health, and it is fully integrated with the IS4H Framework.
It explores the implementation of electronic health records, decision support systems and platforms, including Telehealth, allowing for seamless, ethical, and cyber secure access to patient information. It promotes telehealth solutions, enabling remote consultations, monitoring, and diagnosis, thus expanding access to healthcare services, especially in remote areas. The Program also explores the potential of mobile health applications and AI solutions, empowering individuals to actively engage in their health management, track their well-being, and receive personalized health information and reminders.
The Digital Health team plays a crucial role in ensuring data security, privacy, and interoperability, aligning with international standards and best practices. It collaborates with Member States, Strategic Partners, healthcare providers, policymakers, and technology experts to develop and implement digital health strategies that optimize healthcare delivery, enhance patient outcomes, and improve overall population health. Core technical cooperation projects are:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Digital Literacy
- Digital Public Goods
- Governance, including the adoption of international guidelines
Eight guiding principles for digital transformation of the health sector
The digitization of health services implies important cultural changes for both health personnel and the population in general. These eight guiding principles are aimed at guiding the countries of the Region of the Americas in the processes of digital health transformation. Their purpose is to support them in making informed decisions, formulating short and long-term goals, and developing solid and sustainable public policies, leaving no one behind.
Digital Transformation Toolkit
The digital transformation toolkit was created with the aim of offering managerial, technical, knowledge, communication, and academic resources to all those health professionals, decision-makers, and institutions dedicated to strengthening health information systems, with the vision of achieving universal access to health and universal health coverage in the Region through access to good quality data, strategic information, and digital health tools for decision-making and well-being.