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WHO Adopted Resolution on Digital Health Introduced by India



WHO Adopted Resolution on Digital Health Introduced by India

The 71st World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland has adopted a resolution on Digital Health initiated by India and was co-sponsored by 20 countries.

The World Health Assembly is highest decision-making body of World Health Organization (WHO). Its 71st session was attended by delegations from all WHO member countries.

The resolution recognises huge potential of Digital health technology has for supporting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and improving accessibility, quality and affordability of health services.

The resolution on Digital Health encourages WHO member countries to prioritise development and greater use of digital technologies in the health sector as means for advancing global health agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.

The resolution formulates a way for WHO to establish a global strategy on digital health, identify priority areas and engage member states to optimise their health systems in sync with global digital health agenda.

The resolution is the first step towards mainstreaming digital interventions in the health sector. It includes the use of modern advanced technologies such as deep machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) and other emerging disciplines like genomics.

The resolution also asks member states to identify priority areas in which they will be benefitted from WHO assistance in digital health services and applications, data security, ethical and legal issues.


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