The benefits of digital health are clear. It can improve the reach, impact and efficiency of health care. It can help improve the training of the health workforce, strengthen public health surveillance, and provide health services to remote and underserved populations. Digital health can also empower patients to take control of their health, and aid in the transition from reactive treatment to proactive prevention of diseases. However, barriers remain to adopting digital tools.
More than 300 decision-makers, policy experts and researchers from 50 countries gathered at the WHO symposium on the Future of Digital Health Systems in Denmark to discuss the way forward.