SIDE MEETING

SE042

Digital innovation and applications for NCD prevention and control

Meeting Organizer

World Health Organization (WHO)

Contact Person : Dr Fiona Bull, Bullf@who.int

29 January 2019
09:00 - 12:30 hrs.
Venue : Lotus Suite 10

Open to All Participants

BACKGROUND :

The use of innovative digital technologies has the potential to transform health service delivery across the globe. There are more than 7 billion mobile telephone subscriptions across the world, over 70% of which are in low- or middle- income countries. As a global society, we are also facing a looming threat of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which kill 41 million people each year, around 71% of all deaths. Preventing NCDs is the most sustainable way of improving population health, but it can be challenging to reach people with the right information to support healthy lifestyles, reduce risks and prevent NCD from developing. Digital health is a promising way of increasing access to information and services, and has potential to be delivered at scale.

OBJECTIVES :

1. To discuss the emerging opportunities from new technologies including wearable devices, sensors and AI, to improve and scale digital health programs with innovative solutions to reduce the burden of NCDs. 2. To disseminate evidence and practical experiences from diverse countries in implementing various digital health interventions addressing NCDs and their risk factors. 3. To build political advocacy and investment case for implementing digital health nationally to address NCDs and their risk factors. 4. To identify new partnerships between sectors to advance digital health solutions