GOAL: Unlock the power of data to strengthen health systems and empower individuals
Digital technologies have a vital role to play in diagnosis across the healthcare cascade – from supporting screening and ensuring accurate diagnosis to providing treatment monitoring information. With trained healthcare personnel often in short supply at all levels, expanding access to diagnosis for people in remote and rural areas of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) can be especially challenging. Connected diagnostics can be deployed widely and used in community settings, reducing the need for people to travel to centralized laboratories for a test, while ensuring that population-level data are collected for diagnostic surveillance that can help decision makers optimize the allocation of resources and develop policy. To drive demand for screening and diagnosis, focus is needed early in the patient pathway to empower patients and their influencers to build health knowledge, develop agency and engage in more efficient care-seeking. Digital health solutions that provide clinical decision support to healthcare workers (in the community, in primary care and in the local private sector) can help them work with greater efficiency and improve the quality of care. To enable effective use of diagnostic data for surveillance, as well as electronic health records and supply chain management, interoperability is critical between
various diagnostic devices, systems and applications.
Our focus is on collaboration with Ministries of Health, technology companies, device manufacturers and implementation partners to support the development and scale up of fit-for-purpose digital solutions that can be integrated into existing workflows, address users’ pain points, and that are suitable for healthcare workers’ digital literacy levels and local digital infrastructure.
- Support the development of solutions that are supplementary to existing tests as well as novel digital diagnostics, to bring testing closer to patients and detect complications early
- Support, along with key partners such as WHO, the development of frameworks and implementation guidance for a user-centred evaluation platform for digital diagnostic technologies, including artificial intelligence-based diagnostic technologies for LMICs
- Digital toolkit aimed at reducing care-seeking delay and linking patients to care early
- At least 3 digital tools for enabling data capture and use for near-patient, community-level diagnostics and surveillance
- Evaluation platform for generating evidence on – and informing adoption of – digital diagnostics in LMICs