THE IMPORTANCE OF DIGITAL HEALTH
According to the WHO, digital health means a “a broad umbrella term encompassing eHealth as well as developing areas such as the use of advanced computing sciences (in the fields of “big data”, genomics and artificial intelligence, for example)”.
The term digital health therefore collects under a single definition all the solutions, technologies and aspects of health connected to the digital world. The working group shared a reference framework and a set of priorities and rationales.
The impact of digital health is expressed at different levels:
- education and digitalisation can make health systems more responsive and sustainable;
- education and digital health can enable the transition from treatment-based to prevention-based medicine;
- education and digital health outline a new role for health professionals;
- education and digitalization guarantee professionals more time to practice their work, medicine;
- digital health can help reduce health inequalities;
Since the Cluster considers it essential to interconnect the excellence of the Lombard ecosystem on the subject in order to intercept dedicated funding and develop projects that may have repercussions
positive on the citizen and on the health system, has set up a specific WG on the subject. The WG has identified some priority issues on which to focus its activities:
- monitor possible sources of funding (on an EU, national and regional scale) and propose collaborative projects;
- connect to other digital ecosystems;
- support the circulation and exchange of good practices and experiences (e.g. contacts and relations with clients,
- collaborative models, R&D projects, regulatory, etc.);
- propose and organize events and workshops.