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Digital health transformation in WHO European region: Progress, gaps, and recommendations

The adoption of digital solutions in healthcare across the WHO European Region is transforming patient care at primary care facilities, hospitals, and homes, offering improved diagnosis and treatment for various conditions. A new report, “Digital Health in the European Region,” launched at the Second WHO Symposium on the Future of Health Systems in a Digital Era, calls for increased investments in digital health technologies to ensure equitable access for all. The report highlights progress in areas like digital health strategies and data privacy legislation but also identifies needs such as evaluation of digital health interventions, digital literacy policies, oversight of mobile health apps, data strategies, and interoperability. It emphasises broadband access, data security, and interoperability as prerequisites for strengthening health systems through digital health solutions. The report envisions the European Region as a digital health leader, rooted in equity and healthcare for all.

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