A talk by Olasupo Oyedepo as part of the Computing Department’s Work in Progress seminar series.
Digital health is generally considered the convergence of digital technologies and health care. The World Health Organization defined eHealth (AKA digital health) it as “cost-effective and secure use of information and communications technologies in support of health and health-related fields, including health-care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education, knowledge and research “.
While technology is a great catalyst and enabler of improvements and efficiencies, it needs to be appropriately deployed, managed and governed to ensure alignment with national priorities as elucidated in national strategic health development plans.
The term “governance” in the context of digital health is often used to describe the policies and processes of oversight required to ensure the security and trustworthiness of such systems. It may also be used to refer to the management structures involved in collective oversight of eHealth initiatives.
My research explores the role and influence, if any, of good digital health governance in the deployment and implementation of health information systems, using electronic medical record systems as a case study.