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Digital technology has boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery in much of the world. ADB's initiatives are empowering the poor to use digital technology to help lift themselves out of poverty.

Digital Technology in Heatlh

ADB grant-based PRC testing machine was handed to the Ministry of Health for increased COVID-19 testing capacity in Georgia.
ADB grant-based PRC testing machine was handed to the Ministry of Health for increased COVID-19 testing capacity in Georgia.

Digital technology can be a powerful tool for improving health and related services. ADB projects are helping to improve dissemination of public health information, bridge the gap in consultation, diagnosis, and treatment between resource-rich and resource-poor hospitals, facilitate learning, enhance the ability to monitor diseases and other health issues, and make health administration more efficient.

ICT has revolutionized healthcare in many developing countries by more efficiently disseminating public health information and facilitating consultation in health issues. Through telemedicine, patients can avoid long and expensive journeys to seek help by receiving remote consultation, diagnosis, and treatment from specialists in far off hospitals. ICT also means better collaboration and sharing of learning and training among health workers. The use of ICT in administrative systems of health care facilities brings huge gains in efficiency and cost savings. Thousands of lives are already being saved though the monitoring of public health threats using ICT which also allows a faster and more effective response.

Featured ICT-related Projects in the Health Sector

Title Description
Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS and Other Communicable Diseases in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Countries

Strengthened core capacity for surveillance and response to communicable diseases in pilot countries in line with International Health Regulations.

Output 1: Mapping of communicable disease vulnerability and response conducted in each participating country. Effective control of communicable diseases requires information and evidence on the vulnerability of its population and geographic hot spots of disease incidence and prevalence. WHO supports member states in mapping potential hazards and vulnerabilities, which allows for development of focused preparedness activities to reduce the impact of crises, and thus prevent them from developing into full-scale disasters. One of the activities in this field has been the development of a disaster vulnerability mapping e-atlas to encourage ministries of health and other stakeholders within the health community to develop and improve their disaster management capacities. This e-atlas will be used as a framework for HIV/AIDS and communicable disease vulnerability mapping in each target country, including mapping of vaccination coverage for measles, rubella, and polio. This will allow the provision of sex-disaggregated and analyzed data for decision making for Central Asian governments and facilitate regional dialogue about cross-border risks from communicable diseases.

Social Protection Support Project

The loan aims to increase consumption and utilization of education and health services among poor households and women beneficiaries of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), while the TA focuses on strengthening the capacity of the Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to implement the ongoing social protection reform agenda.

One of the loan's outputs is "improved systems for monitoring and evaluation of social protection programs", which include: (1) launch of core modules for computerized MIS for (i) household information, (ii) registration, (iii) verification, (iv) payments, (v) updates, and (vi) grievance redress system; and (2) fully integrate computer-based MIS operating by Q2 2011.

Part of the TA's outputs is to support strengthened and accelerated implementation of the computerized verification system (CVS) to monitor compliance of conditionalities.

Featured Multimedia

Technology Brings First-class Health Services to Rural Mongolia

Mongolia, with support from ADB, is improving primary health care in remote areas across the country thanks to technological innovations such as e-Health and Telemedicine.


  • Thomas ABELL (Mr)

    Advisor and Chief of Digital Technology for Development
    Digital Technology for Development Unit
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department

Digital Technology in Other Key Sectors

Digital Technology in Agriculture

Agriculture and Food Security

ADB’s digital technology efforts are raising agricultural productivity and the quality of life of farmers and the rural poor by improving information flows, communication, and access to reliable, up-to-date information.

Digital Technology in Education


Digital technology can improve the efficiency and quality of education at all levels. Part of ADB's strategy to support its education policy principles is promoting "experimentation with, and dissemination of, innovative strategies and technologies in education."

Digital Technology in Public Sector

Public Sector Management

ADB encourages governments to adopt both innovative approaches and modern technologies to promote good governance.

Digital Technology in Telecommunications


ADB is helping to expand telecommunication networks, provide shared digital technology access facilities like Community e-Centers (CeCs), and develop innovative and relevant digital technology applications.