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GIDH: Advancing Global Digital Health



  Aug 24, 2023

Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH)


What is the Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH)?

The Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH) is a network managed by the World Health Organization (WHO) aimed at promoting equitable access to digital health solutions worldwide. It is a key deliverable of India's G-20 Presidency and focuses on consolidating evidence, amplifying past gains, and strengthening mutual accountability in the realm of global digital health.
 

What is the Purpose of GIDH?

The GIDH seeks to address challenges related to digital health by avoiding duplication of efforts and promoting a more comprehensive and aligned approach to digital health transformation. It aims to enhance the impact of future investments in digital health by supporting the Global Strategy on Digital Health (2020-2025) and facilitating the use of quality-assured digital transformation tools.
 

How Does GIDH Work?

GIDH operates as a WHO-managed network that collaborates with various stakeholders to develop and strengthen standards-based and interoperable digital health systems. It aligns efforts with global best practices, norms, and standards, with a focus on supporting the digital health transformation journey of governments.
 

What Are the Goals of GIDH?

GIDH's goals include fostering equity in healthcare through converging efforts and best practices, incorporating advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), and emphasizing ethics, policy, and governance. It serves as an integrative step to enhance the impact of digital health interventions and solutions globally.
 

How Does GIDH Relate to India's G-20 Presidency?

GIDH is a significant outcome of India's G-20 Presidency. India leverages its experience in developing a national digital health architecture and promotes interoperability by design. The initiative aligns with India's commitment to sharing its digital health ecosystem experiences, reflecting the philosophy of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" (the whole world is one family).
 

Why is GIDH Important?

GIDH is crucial as it brings together global efforts in digital health to ensure equitable access, avoid redundancy, and enhance the effectiveness of digital health interventions. It promotes collaboration, aligns with global strategies, and emphasizes ethical considerations in the implementation of digital health solutions.
 
Overall, the Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH) serves as a collaborative platform to strengthen digital health ecosystems globally, fostering innovation, equity, and responsible governance.


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