Healthcare in the Digital Age

As part of an OECD Forum series, the virtual event Healthcare in the Digital Age​ took place on Thursday, 3 December.

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This session was an opportunity to discuss the role of data and AI in the COVID-19 response (e.g. understanding the virus, accelerating research on potential treatments, improving disease detection and early warning tools), and the impact of the pandemic with regard to the significant scale-up of telemedicine. It explored how we may best go about harnessing the benefits of digitalisation in heath by ensuring privacy, liability, fairness, and trust, whilst improving data quality, interoperability and security through better data stewardship.

Data Governance in Healthcare

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Covid-pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on health systems across countries. Both public and private healthcare sectors had struggled and are still struggling to respond to the impact of the pandemic. The struggle is to adopt diverse healthcare responses in terms of cutting-edge technological tools and innovations in the areas of public health, medicine and wellness to take prompt decisions to address the after-effect of the pandemic. In such scenario, digital health has emerged as a solution for healthcare challenges. It encompasses areas like wearable technology, telehealth and telemedicine, mobile health, health information technology, and personalised medicine. However, revisiting and reopening the realm of ‘digital health’ in the policy and public discourse is an emerging concern. As the healthcare world becomes increasingly digitized, care and service providers rely more on data to drive their decision-making. This has made data governance in healthcare a growing interest as health information becomes an essential tool for diagnosis, treatment planning and after-care. However, it is now the responsibility of healthcare organisations to guarantee that patient data is handled and managed appropriately in order to uphold patient privacy and data governance's confidentiality, as the latter can provide users a great deal of power.