The Fifth Global Digital Health Partnership Summit opened at the Science Park today, attracting more than 50 delegates from 18 economies and multinational organisations.

      

Organised by the Food & Health Bureau and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of India, the summit serves as a platform for global dialogue on policy and implementation issues and sharing of best practices in digital health services.

      

Addressing the summit’s inaugural session, Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan said the Government has launched a number of measures to address healthcare challenges.

 

These challenges include enhancing primary healthcare and disease prevention, improving public healthcare services and promoting collaboration between the public and private sectors.

 

“These are all grand initiatives that require various contributing factors for their success. Innovation and technology has a vital role and this is where digital health comes into play.”

      

She added that the Electronic Health Record Sharing System, launched by the Government in 2016, plays an instrumental role in the implementation of these initiatives by facilitating the cross-sector sharing of patient health data.

      

The summit will conclude tomorrow.