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20th march 2017 by Florence Gaudry Perkins
I just recently returned from Mobile World Congress (attended by 100 000 people this year) where I am happy to say we released an important report for accelerating digital health "Digital Health: A call for Government Leadership and Cooperation between ICT and Health".
I was involved in this work from its inception all the way to contributing this fall to its writing and I am feeling very grateful to the Novartis Foundation and also Nokia for having co-chaired and supported what turned out to be a major collaborative effort with key actors and policy-makers of the global digital health eco-system. One of the reasons I believe this report will have an impact is that it is being released by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development which is a highly-influential body established in 2010 comprised of more than 50 leaders from across a range of government and industry sectors. [...]
Who We Are
Florence Gaudry-Perkins founded Digital Health Partnerships, driven by her conviction that digital health can improve people's lives by increasing access to healthcare services and health information, especially in environments where health infrastructure and access to health workers are scarce. Her passion built over 6 years while working as International Director for Government Affairs for Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia where she advocated for digital health with multiple public and private organizations, with a focus on overcoming challenges for scaling.
Her social-entrepreneurial side led her to help build a large scale mHealth initiative in Senegal and to develop an ambitious national project in Mexico using mobile technology to address diabetes, obesity and overweight with the government and multiple partners from private sector and civil society.
Her long-time experience in international development, government relations and building and managing complex partnerships is applied today to scaling digital health in developing and emerging countries. She believes that global corporations now hold a responsibility in bringing their core technologies, products, services and competencies to form alliances with NGOs, Social Entrepreneurs, Foundations, Governments and international organizations to help develop sustainable business models which can then be easier to scale and replicate across regions and market.
"It has become increasingly clear that universal health coverage (UHC) cannot be achieved without the support of eHealth"
- World Health Organization
Global Observatory for eHealth, Global Diffusion of eHealth: Making Universal Health Coverage Achievable, 2016
What We Do
Digital Health Partnerships (DHP) is an organization focused on scaling digital health in developing and emerging countries and is currently:
. Advising and supporting governments, international organizations and multilaterals on developing national digital health strategies, which is an essential step in scaling digital health and solving fragmentation
. Creating and coordinating multi-stakeholder partnerships in digital health with governments, private sector, NGOs, development banks/donors and international organizations. DHP builds projects involving pharma, health insurance, ICT and technology corporations, governments, multilaterals and civil society.
. Supporting and advising private sector, NGOs, international organizations and donors wishing to contribute to scaling digital health in developing and emerging countries.