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.
The digital determinants of health are the direct and indirect ways by which digital transformations influence equity in health and wellbeing. Conceptualising them can help policymakers to anticipate the ways in which digital technologies and data may impact people’s health and wellbeing. Stakeholders should consider digital technologies as important determinants of health and address their interactions with the other determinants.
Not all practices for engaging and including youth necessarily result in meaningful engagement where youth have ownership and agency. Creating meaningful youth engagement in digital health governance demands that stakeholders be continuously introspective on the dynamics of power throughout the process of working for and with youth.
Weak digital and data governance risks infringing children’s rights, including their right to health. Governments, businesses, and other digital health actors must enact a child-rights approach to governance and create ongoing processes to consider children’s views on digital health policy.