Transforming Health Systems through Good Digital Health Governance

Publication | February 2018

This paper emphasizes the important role of information and communication technology in accelerating reforms in digital health systems to provide better quality, efficient, and accessible patient-centered care.

Information and communication technology (ICT) in health systems—or digital health—can accelerate health system reforms for better quality, efficient, and accessible patient-centered care. Digital health has been acknowledged as a building block for universal health coverage. However, many countries still lack a holistic approach to digital health. This paper highlights efforts to develop a health ICT governance architecture framework through consultations and close collaboration with experts. The framework is expected to meet the evolving needs of developing member countries on digital health. Technology will continue to impact the region as broadband and mobile coverage become increasingly prevalent. By 2015, 2.5 billion people were mobile phone subscribers, with 600 million new subscribers expected by 2020.


  • Information and Communication Technology is Transforming Health Care
  • Strong Governance is Key to Making Digital Health Investments
  • COBIT 5 for Good Governance of Digital Health Enterprises
  • Governance for Digital Health in Asia and the Pacific: HIGAF 2.0
  • Stakeholders, Governance Structure, and Processes
  • Steps to Strong Digital Health Governance
  • Appendix

Additional Details

  • Health
  • Health system development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • 20
  • 8.5 x 11
  • WPS189244-2

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