MedInfo 2021 Panel Session - WHO Digital Health Strategy/WHO Regions

Marcelo D’Agostino, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization, Argentina

Roadmap for the Digital Transformation of the Health Sector in the Region of the America

 The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for a rapid adoption of digital solutions in public health. Frequently, those who need most from the health system are those who have least access to it. Digital technologies have the potential to increase access, but populations with the greatest health vulnerability typically have the lowest levels of digital health connectivity and literacy.  This roadmap has been developed to ensure consistency and convergence in the development of inclusive national policies and regulatory environments for digital transformation in health. It calls for the development of human capital and infrastructure that allow digital technologies to be used inclusively, ethically, and securely, for the purpose of enhancing cooperation in the broader public health ecosystem.