Call for Abstracts for 2017 Global Digital Health Forum Open!

Thank you to all who submitted abstracts! The surge in proposal submissions on Friday created a slow down on the site. There are a number still listed as "in process". To ensure that all abstracts were captured and saved, abstracts will be accepted through Wednesday, June 21st, 11:59 pm EST. Click here to submit.  After that time, we will no longer accept submissions for the 2017 Global Digital Health Forum. Thank you to all who wish to present their work at this important knowledge sharing event!


The Global Digital Health Network announces a call for abstracts for the 4th Annual Global Digital Health Forum, scheduled for December 4-6, 2017 at the JW Marriott Hotel in the heart of Washington, DC. While in the past we co-located with the Connected Health Summit, in response to member feedback, The Network has struck out on its own and changed the venue from National Harbor to downtown DC in order to offer more opportunities for side meetings and easier access to side trips. The now unaffiliated Personal Connected Health Summit will take place in Boston in October.


The theme for this year’s Forum—The Evolving Digital Health Landscape: Progress, Achievements, and Remaining Frontiers—captures the spirit of progress made in the past several years to scale digital health systems and also encourages us to look critically at the continued need for innovation,as well as integration, to improve health outcomes in a changing political landscape.


The Global Digital Health Network Advisory Board is planning a diverse event with engaging sessions to connect government stakeholders, digital health developers, researchers, donors, implementers and field experts from across the globe. The Forum will feature panel presentations, hands-on workshops, poster presentations and the interactive “Appy Hour”. New this year will be TED-style talks, facilitated expert round-table discussions, and digital health labs. Descriptions of the session types can be found in the abstract form.


Qualities the Advisory Board will be looking for include contribution of evidence to the digital health landscape, relevance to the field, and identification of innovative solutions enabling scale. You are encouraged to submit high-quality abstracts that demonstrate any of these critical success factors in global digital health. If you are submitting more than one abstract, please ensure your abstracts are unique and clearly differentiated from one another. We encourage you to work with colleagues within your organizations to streamline your presentation to avoid duplicate organizational submissions.


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Join us June 21st for our monthly networking coffee klatch

We are excited for this week’s monthly Network meeting featuring presentations and a discussion about data use partnerships, specifically highlighting stories from Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia.  Going beyond data, these presentations will focus on collaboration with government and stakeholder engagement processes.  Please copy and paste this email into your calendars so you won’t miss this week’s very exciting meeting. 
Henry Mwanyika from PATH will kick off the meeting.  Dr. Mwanyika will discuss how the Data Use Partnership was implemented in Tanzania, focusing on how an extensive stakeholder engagement process led to the development of a comprehensive investment road map to support data use at all levels of the Tanzanian health system.
Hannah Cooper from Cooper Smith will give a presentation, “Using Data to Optimize Health System Investments”.  To date, little has been done to systematically document critical decisions at various levels of the health system and explain how users, data, and systems interact to produce action.  If our goal is for clinicians and policy makers to make more informed decisions using empirical data, we need a better way of cataloging decisions and events where the right data are at the right users’ fingertips. Cooper Smith’s data user study highlights how HIV information is used and where the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Malawi Ministry of Health's Kuunika project can invest to improve evidence based decision-making.
Brooke Partridge and Derek Treatman from Vital Wave will draw upon their experience in working with the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia, and  discuss key accelerators and elements of sustainability in developing a culture around data use. Vital Wave will present lessons learned from providing technical assistance in the development and implementation of a national strategy, governance structures, and standardized systems. Vital Wave will ground its presentation in the Theory of Change that was developed for the Data Use Partnership. 
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