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31 countries collaborate in GDHP to improve digital health services worldwide

CANBERRA, Australia: The Australian Digital Health Agency joined digital health leaders from 31 countries and territories, along with the World Health Organization, for the fifth Global Digital Health Partnership Summit.

The summit was organized with the objective of collaborating and sharing experiences to improve the implementation of digital health services across the globe.

Australian Digital Health Agency CEO, Tim Kelsey, said, “The Global Digital Health Partnership provides an important opportunity for deep, transformational engagement on digital health between governments, government agencies and the World Health Organization.”

“The work, the partnership has been doing in Interoperability, clinical and consumer engagement and cybersecurity has provided the Agency with the opportunity to improve our own work plan,” he added.

GDHP Chair and Secretary, Preeti Sudan, described the fifth GDHP as a path-breaking event that highlighted advances and experiences around the world, particularly the importance of patient-centric health care.

While Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization, Dr Ramesh Krishnamurthy, said: “Digital health interventions are fundamentally changing the way healthcare is delivered.”

The partnership provides an extraordinary opportunity for countries to share their best practices to advance their health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

The Australian Digital Health Agency had provided secretariat services for the first 18 months of the GDHP.

Hong Kong has been nominated to host the 2020 GDHP summit in Lisbon, Portugal.