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“Global Conference on Digital Health: Accelerating Progress towards Universal Health Coverage”

A two-day Global Conference on Digital Health will be hosted in New Delhi on the 20th and 21st of March 2023, organized by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the WHO South-East Asia Regional Office, taking advantage of India’s G20 presidency. Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, who serves as the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, and Chemicals & Fertilizers, will preside over the conference entitled “Taking Universal Health Coverage to the last citizen.”

The aim of the conference is to shift the focus from strategy to achieving a global consensus on a Plan of Action that produces impactful results on the ground in member countries, through a set of digital health initiatives that accelerate progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The conference will bring together global leaders, health development partners, health policymakers, digital health innovators and influencers, academia, and other stakeholders.

The Global Conference on Digital Health will address the issues related to accelerating the implementation of connected digital health initiatives and interventions as a cornerstone of building primary healthcare-oriented and resilient health systems. It will also focus on unlocking the potential of delivering and sharing digital health solutions in an ethical, safe, secure, reliable, equitable, and sustainable way.

The conference will have five sessions, including Digital health – an imperative for UHC, Digital health population scale – Strategic enablers, Digital health population scale – Technology enablers, Innovations for UHC, and Global Digital Goods for UHC. The sessions will explore strategic and technology enablers required for implementing digital health at the population scale, along with innovations and global digital goods that can accelerate progress towards UHC.

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As part of the conference, there will also be a ministerial session involving brainstorming on digital transformation challenges, opportunities, and critical success factors, along with panel discussions. The conference is expected to establish a roadmap for implementing digital health initiatives and interventions that can accelerate progress toward UHC, ensuring that the last citizen is not left behind.

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