USAID envisions a world in which advances in digital technologies are leveraged to help people access the information and services they need to live healthy and prosperous lives.
USAID’s Vision for Action in Digital Health is the Agency’s first dedicated policy guidance for its investments in digital technologies that support health programs in its partner countries.
This Digital Health Vision builds on prior USAID policy, including the Digital Strategy, and interprets that guidance for the global health sector, alongside USAID’s Vision for Health System Strengthening 2030. The Digital Health Vision also charts a path for the implementation of the Principles of Donor Alignment for Digital Health, which USAID co-authored and endorsed in 2018.
The Vision addresses the challenges of fragmentation, and lack of sustainability and interoperability, of many digital health technologies used in USAID’s partner countries. To address these challenges the Vision outlines a systems-level approach to supporting partner countries’ health sector digital transformation.
In support of this Vision, the policy document identifies four priorities to guide related USAID planning, procurements, and programs. These are to assess and support:
- country digital health capacity,
- national digital health strategies,
- national digital health architecture, including where relevant through the use of global goods.
Fundamentally, the Vision presents a roadmap for how USAID can strategically support its partner countries as they strengthen the digital transformation of their health sectors, especially by encouraging careful planning, interoperability, strong governance, and long-term sustainability.
USAID Digital Health Vision: Technical Guidance Notes Series
The following Technical Guidance Notes Series provides support to USAID staff and partners implementing the USAID Digital Health Vision. This series offers promising approaches, resources, and recommended actions aligned to USAID’s Program Cycle to help USAID staff and partners put each of the four priorities of the Digital Health Vision into action.
Overview: An introduction to the USAID Digital Health Vision Technical Guidance Notes Series.
Note 1: Strengthening Country Digital Health Capacity: Technical guidance on how to strengthen country-level capacity to manage digital health systems and the data they enable, through targeted support to a country’s digital health enabling environment.
Note 2: Advancing National Digital Health Strategies: Technical guidance on advancing national digital health strategies to bolster country governance of digital health systems.