Parallel Session 2.2

Smart Health Financing – Seizing Digital Opportunities

1 February 2020

10:30 - 12:30 hrs.

Room : TBC

Background :

Financial flows of health systems are increasingly digitized - flows between payers and providers, but also direct system contributions and payments from people.  This digital transformation creates opportunities for step-changes in financing policy and performance.  They generate vast data about provider and patient behaviors that hold the potential to substantially improve transparency and accountability as well as purchasing decisions.  In parallel, the rapid growth in the use of mobile phone systems can facilitate direct contributions to health insurance schemes, improve the targeting of subsidies, and empower people to take better informed decisions.  The benefits of the digital transformation are, however, not guaranteed, for example, poor change management, system fragmentation and lack of interoperability/data compatibility, weak regulation all-too often impede the use and benefits of information.  The transformation also carries significant risks, most importantly, threats to data privacy and security.

Objectives :

This session aims to identify the opportunities, prerequisites and conditions to harness the digitization of health financing flows for accelerated progress toward UHC. The session will focus on the following set of questions:

  • What are the information requirements to improve purchasing decisions toward greater efficiency and equity?  How can financing systems generate this data?  
  • How do mobile-based digital systems facilitate direct contributions?  What data do these systems generate and how can they be used?
  • What are the opportunities for big data analytics?  What are the opportunities to combine financing with other data systems?  What is the role of artificial intelligence?  How can big data empower people and communities?
  • How to avoid fragmentation, lack of interoperability and data incompatibility across programs, schemes and sectors?  How to ensure effective change management and regulation?
  • What are the potential threats to privacy and society and how can they be mitigated?