International participants from thirteen countries, Hong
Kong SAR, and the World Health Organization (WHO) kicked
off a new global network to support the use of digital technology in modern
The thirteen countries involved in the Global Digital Health
Partnership (GDHP) are Austria, Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Italy, New
Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, the United States and
the United Kingdom.
The GDHP is an international collaboration between
governments, public agencies, and multinational organisations responsible for
policy, funding, and delivery of health services to their citizens.
The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Australian Minister for Health, and
the Hon Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, India’s Minister for Health and Family
Welfare, welcomed the participants to the inaugural Global Digital Health
Partnership (GDHP) Summit held in Canberra last week.
“Digital Health is the penicillin of our time, with
precision medicine and genomics offering opportunities to cure previously
incurable diseases and deliver better life saving medicine,” Minister Hunt commented.
He said the partnership will create a common platform for
international experts to share knowledge and experiences, to network, and to
forecast emerging trends to support the digital health landscape.
Over the coming year, the Global
Digital Health Partnership will collaborate on the following topics: 1) connected
and interoperable health care; 2) cyber security; 3) policies that support
digital health outcomes; 4) clinician and consumer engagement; and 5) evidence
and evaluation of digital health.
A previous document
from the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) outlines three work streams:
Policy: Addressing efforts to shape
policies, governance and institutional linkages necessary to advance digital
Clinical and Academic:
Covers current and
emerging research and collaboration in clinical and academic settings,
promoting research linkages and fostering a clinical environment which empowers
patients and minimises clinician burden.
and Innovation: A
forum for sharing developments in technology, aligning standards and supporting
the implementation of interoperable systems, and for fostering productive
relationships between industry bodies, innovators, and the markets they serve.
This stream will also address the development of advanced technology such as
artificial intelligence and machine learning, and discuss cybersecurity
ADHA CEO, Tim Kelsey, added, “Australia and its
international partners can learn from each other and share information about
what has worked in their health settings, and collaborate on initiatives
together that will support digital health systems working more effectively in
their countries. The partnership will help deliver actionable policy and
program outcomes to both domestic and international agendas,” Mr Kelsey said.
“It is important that guidelines created by governments and
other agencies are co-produced with the needs of innovators, industries,
clinicians and the community. The GDHP activities should consider the needs and
input of these sectors to improve the delivery of digital health service,” Mr