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Applying the Resilient Health System Framework for Universal Health Coverage.

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1
Digital Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada.
2
e-Marefa, Jordan.
3
Ontario Telemedicine Network, Canada.
4
Azimuth Health Group, University of Victoria, Canada.
5
Provincial Health Services, Canada.
6
School of Health Sciences, Flinders University, Australia.
7
Medical Informatics Unit, University of the Philippines Manila, Philippines.
8
ecGroup Inc., Canada.
9
Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa, Brasil.
10
Vancouver Island Health Authority, Canada.
11
School of Nursing, University of Michigan, USA.
12
Advisor Thornhill, Canada.
13
Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka.
14
Information Technology and Services, University of Hull, United Kingdom.
15
Canada's Health Informatics Association, Canada.
16
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University, Canada.

Abstract

Since the 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata affirming health as a fundamental human right, policy-makers and stakeholders have proposed many different strategies to achieve the goal of 'health for all'. However, globally there still remains a lack of access to health information and quality health care, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Digital health holds great promise to improve access and quality of care. We propose using the "resilient health system framework" as a guide to scale-up digital health as a means to achieve universal health care (UHC) and health for all. This article serves as a call to action for all governments to include population-based digital health tools as a foundational element in on-going health system priorities and service delivery.

PMID:
27782016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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