“COVID-19 has been a warning name, underlining the have to gallop the adoption of digital technologies in public effectively being and effectively being care,” said Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, on the open of the WHO/Europe Western Balkans Digital Successfully being Community.
“It’s excessive that we chase effectively being care from a reactive machine, continually placing out fires, to at least one which anticipates doable ignition capabilities and prevents them earlier than they rating retain.”
Talking nearly on the outlet of the 2021 Western Balkans Digital Summit in Podgorica, Montenegro, on 11 October 2021, Dr Kluge underscored the importance of digital technologies within the fight in opposition to COVID-19. He famed that digital technologies proceed to assist national response efforts, facilitate sorting out, tracing and prognosis, and reorganize care supply, all whereas serving to be sure continuity of vitally being companies and products.
Addressing regional and subregional needs
The unusual network used to be launched by Dr Kluge and Ms Tamara Srzentić, Minister of Public Administration, Digital Society and Media of Montenegro, with the assist of the WHO Country Attach of labor in Montenegro. This can even assemble Member States to take care of the enablers of winning digital transformation of effectively being techniques, with a degree of interest on transferring from words to motion.
“Economies that own accomplished the correct own a history of strategic investments in constructed-in public effectively being and major effectively being-care techniques, as effectively as passe digital ecosystems,” said Dr Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, Director of the Division of Country successfully being Insurance policies and Programs at WHO/ Europe, in a video commentary delivered on the Summit.
“I assist your ministries to play a brisk role on this network and rating pragmatic steps to empower your populations through fetch entry to effectively being companies and products and files,” Dr Azzopardi-Muscat added.
Digital effectively being as an accelerator of exchange
Governments own understood the have to integrate contemporary tools and ideas of major effectively being-care supply into their national effectively being techniques. However a lot of work stays to toughen governance, policy, the digital skills of effectively being workers and national regulations for digital effectively being.
The WHO/Europe Western Balkans Digital successfully being Community will assist the work and commitments of the drawing shut Western Balkans Roadmap for successfully being 2021–2025 (to be released in December 2021). This can even fetch sure actions for digitally effectively being are anchored in public effectively being priorities, and extra the implementation of WHO’s European Program of Work 2020–2025 – “United Circulation for Higher Successfully being in Europe”.
“Despite years of WHO and its partners highlighting the importance of investing in files and digital effectively being to reform effectively being techniques, uptake and belief in digital effectively being by populations within the Western Balkans and the broader WHO European Snort are vastly uneven, ” Dr Kluge said.
“There’s momentum now, and we have to all the time work across sectors and borders to fetch sure digital transformation delivers on the promise of protected, efficient and equitable digital effectively being companies and products for a post-COVID-19 technology,” he concluded.
What the Community will fabricate
Namely, the WHO/Europe Western Balkans Digital Successfully Being Community wil l:
- assist the implementation of digitally effectively being priorities identified by the WHO Western Balkans Roadmap for successfully being 2021–2025;
- get techniques to gallop the digitalization of national effectively being techniques and the model of equitable digital effectively being companies and products within the Western Balkans (specializing within the provision of major effectively being care);
- promote the sharing of files and identification of finest practices; andfetch better subregional collaboration and alignment of actions for digital effectively being.