Secure your data
In this JAMA article, you'll learn about:
- Digital health approaches must preserve rights to privacy and consent, as well as account for their inherent biases, according to a panel of experts from around the world at the World Health Organization's (WHO) annual meeting in Geneva. The panel discussed how to ensure that digital health tools and systems are open and transparent about data collection, generation, and use, especially for patients and citizens. An important aspect of building trust is to ensure a clear separation between science and policy (ie, let data be data and leave policy making to policy makers) The author argues that public health systems should use necessary technology to create and share health intelligence and to collect and use high-quality data. Monitor health inequities in the relevant dimensions (demographic, socioeconomic, geographical, and technological) for evidence-based, equity-related policies, programs, and practices. Invest in technology and infrastructure, such as low-cost wireless and satellite connectivity, subsidized mobile phone plans, loaner devices, free WiFi hotspots, and training programs. At the global scale, digital inequality can be addressed through policy work and advancing internet connectivity in its many forms while increasing efforts to enhance digital skills.