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Digital Health Technologies and the Vertical versus Horizontal debates....

Vertical or issue-focused approaches have been largely deployed and seen by those in Global Health as useful in cutting through the inertia associated with more horizontal or system-wide strategies for addressing health needs. Whilst the debates on 'which', 'how' and 'why' these approaches would be most effective for the efficacious delivery of local health in LMICs rage one, there is no question that newer and more innovative approaches are necessary and thus there is a growing constituency of researchers and policy-makers who support the notion of more integrated or diagonal approaches.

Integration is viewable from a number of perspectives, including, infrastructures, resources, personnel training and operating procedures amongst others.

How could digital technologies provide a solution to this challenge?

Digital Technologies could be viewed as a lower-hanging fruit for the re-purposing and integration of existing institutional and organisational health promotion and monitoring and evaluation strategies.  For example, any existing HIV programme for prevention, treatment and monitoring that utilises digital platforms could be expanded to include diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases without necessarily re-inventing the wheel.

 

edited on 31st January 2019, 23:01 by Vusa Ncube

lauren clarke 2 weeks ago

Status label added: 1st Submission Gold Trophy

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lauren clarke 2 weeks ago

Status label added: 1st Submission Idea

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lauren clarke 2 weeks ago

Status label removed: 1st Submission Gold Trophy

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BHUVANA K.B 2 weeks ago

Hi Vusa,

Yes I agree that integrated care program and holistic whole person approach is better than single disease focused approach.

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