Digital Health Policy – Laying the Foundations

This short course will enable you to explain the key issues to be addressed in digital health and develop the national plans for successful local implementations

Course facts

Duration:          5 days

Date   :               Spring, 2020
Location:           Zanzibar, Africa
Participants:     20 max.

Language:         English

Methodology:   Face to face


Transitional & developing countries

Course curriculum

Day 1: Health Strategies and Digital Health Strategies in Developing Countries

  • Health as a complex adaptive system
  • Sharing of experiences and expectations
  • International experience of national digital health strategies and their impact
  • How are stakeholders engaged?
  • What are the technology trends?

Result: You will be able to assess some key challenges in digital health, understand technological trends and share ideas on how to engage stakeholders.
You can strengthen your role as an advisor by learning from comparisons of different digital health policies.

Day 2: Developing Digital Health Strategies

  • Available guidance and toolkits
  • Assessing national digital health strategies
  • Developing a “Vision”
  • Introduction to developing an Investment Case

Result: You will learn about available toolkits, how to use them and how stakeholders can help you develop a digital health vision for your country. You will be able to give the right advice at the right time for health sector organizations implementing digital health. You will help to avoid the waste of money in IT projects because of wrong investments.

Day 3: Planning for interoperability

  • Governance and architectures
  • Identity
  • Registers
  • Digital health records

Result: You will understand critical task of ensuring the interactions between providers and payers and what core digital interventions are required to link existing IT Systems in the health sector. As an adviser, you will be able to understand where parallel investments in IT solutions take place and how to avoid them in the future. You will also understand the range of potential digital health record systems, and why Identification and Registries are needed to make interoperability happen.

Day 4: Management and behavioural change

  • Action plans
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Behaviour and organisational change
  • Critical thinking and evaluating impact

Result: You will learn how countries develop digital health action plans and M&E frameworks and what organizational changes are required to make this happen.
As an advisor you will be able to identify key areas of behavior change to be addressed. Perhaps you are working in a consortium with different developing partners and you will get ideas on how all interventions and investment opportunities in digital health can be well-aligned.

Day 5: Networking, mentoring and evaluation

  • Personal action planning
  • Structured group networking
  • Course evaluation
  • Networking

Result: You will leave the course knowing what follow-up actions you plan to take. You will know what your peers are planning and if there is potential to share learning with them in the near future. Your evaluation of the course will help us to prioritize improvements we need to make. We hope that participants will enjoy the social event which concludes the course.

Unleash the full potential of digital health in your country.