The Role of Digital Health in Achieving Universal Health Coverage

Meeting Organizer

ACCESS Health International

FHI 360

Contact Person : Adrienne Mendenhall,

28 January 2020
14:00 - 17:30 hrs.
Venue : Lotus Suite 4

Open to All Participants


All ten countries in ASEAN have committed to the achievement of universal health coverage, a goal that defines and manifests the principle of health as a human right. Despite strong commitment and action, universal health coverage is difficult to achieve and sustain, with trade-offs made between accessibility, affordability, and quality. There is increasing interest in the role of digital technology to achieve universal health coverage. While many governments have created national digital health strategies, with varying degrees of success, there is an opportunity to share knowledge on contributors and barriers to successful implementation. There is also an opportunity to discuss the role of the private sector, both for profit and nonprofit, in helping goverments to avoid missteps and most effectively implement digital health programs.

This session has two parts. First, an expert panel will investigate the key strategic priorities facing governments and partners in mapping and implementing digital health systems. Second, an interactive session will allow participants to tour three successful digital health applications and directly discuss the tactical challenges they overcame during planning and implementation.


1. Define the role of digital technology in achieving universal health coverage. 2. Facilitate knowledge sharing among meeting participants regarding their own experiences in planning and implementing digital health programs. 3. Identify two to three common barriers to successful implementation of digital health programs, along with strategies to overcome those barriers.
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