The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Wednesday, May 18 • 10:45 - 11:50
WHO Processes and Tools for Government Coordination of Digital Health Investments LIMITED

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Presenters: Dr Garrett Mehl, WHO; Liz Peloso, PATH  
As the field of ICT for Development grows, governments in low and middle countries face an increasingly confusing diversity of digital health tools and systems, and a lack of guidance on how to review, compare, and assess value within specific ICT solutions for programmatic and data goals. Furthermore, an evidence-based 'systems approach' to integrating these digital strategies into existing health systems, which may already include some ehealth infrastructure, is lacking. As such, there is considerable demand among ministries of health, donors, and decision-makers for interagency tools to guide country-level inventory, review and prioritization of digital health strategies for addressing specific data and health systems needs across health domain areas. This panel will focus on the WHO's new inter-agency work within the Health Data Collaborative, and through the WHO Technical and Evidence Review Group toward building on WHO and PATH Optimize HIS toolkit, to developing a revised and expanded tool for country-level health programme review, and processes for prioritizing the use of ICT to address identified health priorities for achieving and monitoring Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Additionally, panelists will describe country-use of the emergent web-based platform for inventorying and reviewing digital tools and deployments. Highlighting guidance and tools being developed through extensive engagement with thought leaders and government decision-makers, this session will provide a unique opportunity to discuss efforts underway to inform government adoption of digital health information systems for the health SDGs, and mechanisms to guide country-level digital investments from multilateral global development partners in a coordinated way.

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Dr. Garrett Mehl

Scientist, World Health Organization
Dr. Garrett Mehl leads work on digital innovations for reproductive, maternal and child health at WHO. This includes evidence synthesis as manager of the WHO Technical and Evidence Review Group on mHealth for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (mTERG), and as WHO implementation... Read More →
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Liz Peloso

Global Outreach Advisor, PATH

Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:45 - 11:50 EAT
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