Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
This prospect is particularly worrying when it comes to global health.Sustaining and scaling digital health innovations is hardly an easy process. Nonetheless, some high-profile digital health initiatives -- such as MomConnect in South Africa and Mobile Academy, TeCHO+, and ANMOL in India -- shifted, at least partly, from donor to government funding. This change is part of an ongoing wave of enthusiasm for new technologies' potential to improve health systems and in turn, health. It reflects key opportunities to shape the digital health sector in ways that benefit all of society.There is no guarantee that digital innovations in health will bring shared benefits. That is why, before moving forward with any new digital tool, it is vital to consider who it will reach, the motivations of the various actors involved in its development and deployment, and the implications and opportunity costs for users and health systems alike.Then there is the question of who is designing and delivering health innovations -- and who is accountable for them.While this might seem like a simple way to generate more revenue to sustain and expand health programs, the sale of private data runs counter to building trust in health systems.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE