Call for evidence – The Lancet & Financial Times Commission wants to hear from you

The Commission Governing health futures 2030: Growing up in a digital world is calling for evidence to explore innovation and examples on the ground that highlight the digital transformation, governance, and health, with emphasis on youth populations and low- and middle-income countries.

General call for evidence

Digital and data tools and technologies are fundamentally changing approaches to health and design of health systems. We want to hear from you about how digital technologies and AI are transforming our lives and our health futures.

Areas of interest for the Commission include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Benefits of the digital transformation of health, through AI, machine learning, genomics, and other means, in private and public sector contexts particularly in LMICs
  • Evidence on how digital technologies can support health promotion and community participation, particularly in LMICs
  • Evidence of how children and young people are considered in the design and delivery of digital health technologies particularly in LMIC
  • Examples of digital health and AI interventions supporting health workers, particularly in LMICs
  • Evidence of barriers to digital health literacy, and what’s being introduced to overcome these, with emphasis on efforts to improve digital health literacy amongst youth.

The COVID response

COVID-19 has accelerated this digital transformation, with urgency and a spotlight on global health and big data. The technological responses provided today are dramatically shaping our global landscape in unbeknownst ways, with real-time disease surveillance and data modelling that will influence decision-makers in the midst of a global pandemic. Questions of appropriate governance of these technologies, especially in order to protect human rights and without stymying innovative, life-saving results, are arising.

Areas of interest for the Commission include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Examples of how the public and private sector are working to develop digital health responses to COVID-19
  • How private and public sector are partnering for COVID-19, ranging from diagnostics to vaccine response, with consideration of ethical research protocols and flexible IP arrangements
  • How tech companies are facing governance and human rights challenges, including data privacy, digital surveillance, misinformation management, and the right to health
  • Private sector solutions to breaking data silos and sharing health data as a global public good.

If you can provide us with evidence or examples that seek to address these topics or related topics, please contact us at

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