Building a Digital Information Infrastructure for Health

The COVID-19 global health emergency has dramatically underlined the importance of harnessing the full power of digital technologies to support public health programmes and outreach. Digital health platforms provide a vital central hub, linking together disparate and unconnected systems and applications, enabling faster, more efficient and more reliable information exchange, and promoting increased access to health data across a range of devices.

Taking a ‘whole of government approach’ and thinking holistically and flexibly about digital systems design is increasingly essential, given the limited resources – financial or otherwise – available for public sector digital development in many countries.