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Greg Hunt MP, Australian Minister for Health; Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Indian Minister for Health and Family Welfare; and the Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey with participants at the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP) Summit 2018 photo: Australian Digital Health Agency

New global partnership to improve digitisation in health industry

Health industry representatives from 13 countries have launched a global network to support the use of new digital technology in the sector.

Minister for health Greg Hunt and India's minister for health and family welfare Shri Jagat attended the inaugural Global Digital Health Partnership Summit in Canberra earlier this week.

Hunt said the new partnership, which includes members of the World Health Organization, would be a platform for experts to network, share knowledge, discuss policy and forecast emerging trends to thrive in the digital health landscape.

“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,” he said.

Australian Digital Health Agency chief executive Tim Kelsey said the agency was privileged to host the first event.

“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,” he said.

“The partnership will help deliver actionable policy and program outcomes to both domestic and international agendas.

“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."

In the coming years, the Global Digital Health Partnership will collaborate on a number of topics, including interoperable healthcare, cyber security, policies to support digital health outcomes, clinician and consumer engagement, and evaluation of digital health.

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