Health Policy

Global Health Data Charter Launched

The World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, announced the launch of the Global Health Data Charter, a project designed to improve global health by leveraging the collection and management of data, InformationWeek reports. Gaps in Health Data. According to officials at the forum, health systems in many developed and developing countries lack sufficient access to accurate health data. Officials said the charter aims to bridge such gaps by using technology to collect, analyze and apply health information. The charter includes eight principles related to two key fundamental data gaps: Access to health data; and Privacy of health data. Oliver Raynaud — head of global health and health care industries at the World Economic Forum — said the charter does not provide data or a data platform, but it does call on organisations to improve the availability of accurate, advanced health data. Reynaud said that he hopes the charter will help promote data-based, digital health care tools to address health disparities worldwide.

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