The report of The Lancet and Financial Times Commission on Governing health futures 2030: Growing up in a digital world explores the convergence of digital health, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies with universal health coverage (UHC). It examines the broader societal and governance questions that emerge at the interface of digital and health transformations with a particular focus on children and young people who stand to inherit governance models being designed today. The report recommends actions for policymakers and other digital health stakeholders to ensure that the deployment of digital technologies and data promotes wellbeing, supports UHC, and transforms health systems and services to better serve the needs of current and future generations.
Representatives from twenty-three global youth networks, after convening at a two-part GHFutures2030 Youth Consultation, authored a statement on questions of relevance. They also adopted a strong call to stakeholders to take action toward strong governance of the digital transformations of health futures with youth involved at every level.
There is no universal experience of growing up in a digital world. So, how do we distinguish between the different lived experiences of digital transformations in health as experienced by young people around the world?
Digital health technologies are helping to improve young people’s access to quality healthcare from conception to early adulthood. As such, the health, wellbeing, and views of young people should be a primary consideration when developing digital health tools and policies.
The Commission proposes that the digital health readiness of countries should be measured along ten enablers which encourage all actors in a digitally-enabled health ecosystem to align their digital transformation efforts with the Sustainable Development agenda and goal of UHC.