Questions such as how digital technologies can empower healthcare workers and how digital health can be used to strengthen national health systems are to be discussed at the upcoming World Health Organization (WHO) Symposium on the Future of Digital Health Systems in the European Region, which takes place next month.
The event has been organised to help policymakers prepare for the digitalisation of health systems and to develop priorities for public health action to support the adoption of digital health in WHO Member States.
It comes at a time when there is increased awareness of the importance of digital health to achieving health for all. Last year, the World Health Assembly passed what has been described as a “historic resolution” on digital health, which recognised the role it plays in strengthening health systems and achieving universal health coverage.
The symposium will also examine the actions required to accelerate the digitalisation of national health systems and will feature a series of plenary and parallel sessions on topics of relevance to digital health, as well as discussions to identify challenges, gaps and enablers in the digitalisation of health systems and healthcare delivery.
The Symposium will take place in Copenhagen next month.