Digitalisation in health
Digitalisation revolutionises data management and administrative processes in health and social protection.
Through the Sustainable Development Goals countries and the international community have set themselves ambitious targets for improving their health and social protection systems. But in many countries, basic statistics such as birth and death records or information on important indicators such as service coverage or new infections with a virus or service coverage are lacking or patchy. Without reliable and consistent information, policy makers and service managers cannot make informed decisions about where to target resources or which interventions work.
Secure, connected and digitalised health and social protection systems can reduce such inefficiencies, improve access, reduce costs, increase quality, and personalise services. They can ensure crucial data are available almost immediately at local and central level, for example, to ensure poor families obtain the support they are entitled to, to detect and manage disease outbreaks, to set up and run health insurance schemes or to manage the maintenance of high-tech medical equipment.
German development cooperation aims at enabling its partner countries to realise the full potential of digital technology in building scalable, sustainable and interoperable digital health and social protection systems. Check the articles, studies and event documentations on this page to get an overview.