Why the DCCC?
Half the world’s population still does not have access to essential health services, despite the 2015 goal set by the United Nations for achieving Universal Health Coverage by 2030.
Almost 100 million people are being pushed to extreme poverty each year because of out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
Challenges include distance to healthcare facilities, shortage of skilled health workforce, aging populations, fragmentation in solutions and funding, and lack of digital tech/equipment.
In the current context of global pandemics, and with the threat of future health crises, the most vulnerable populations are the most impacted in an under-performing health system.
The role of digital health
Digital technology has the potential to expand the coverage of primary healthcare, strengthen health systems, reduce costs, improve the quality of care, and strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income communities — thus accelerating Universal Health Coverage.
While digitization can amplify inequality, the adoption of digital healthcare tools and services is a vital step towards upgrading the quality and consistency of healthcare services in emerging nations and making progress towards equity.
Digital technology is not the silver bullet to achieving universal health coverage but it is central to the successful design of well-functioning and resilient healthcare systems, so that limited resources are optimally used. For example, digital health records, telehealth and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can offer limitless possibilities to improve health access and delivery.
The key challenge with digital health in low- and middle- income countries, lies in the implementation across the health system as infrastructure, competencies, skills, resources, financing and governance are often limited, fragmented and siloed.
"Digital technology is not the silver bullet to achieving universal health coverage but it is central to the successful design of well-functioning and resilient healthcare systems"
The DCCC recognizes that we cannot single-handedly address and resolve the complicated challenges that exist in this complex ecosystem.
We believe that the private sector, in collaboration with key stakeholders such as governments, NGOs and social entrepreneurs plays a pivotal role in helping to address the systemic challenges and barriers to digital health transformation in low- and middle-income countries.
Furthermore, we believe the cooperation of committed cross-sector parties that build on each other’s strengths and capabilities is fundamental to creating an enabling environment for digital healthcare transformation.
We are committed to:
- Co-create holistic public-private sector frameworks and develop economically viable products, services and business models that help address the key systemic implementation and infrastructure challenges for digital health transformation on the ground.
- Help shape the digital health infrastructure needed to adapt to the fast-evolving needs of digital connected care, especially on security, inclusivity and privacy.
- Co-create integrated solutions across the health continuum to reduce the current fragmentation in the digital health landscape due to lack of knowledge sharing and interoperability with other initiatives.
"The private sector plays a pivotal role in addressing the systemic challenges in digital health transformation in LMIC’s."
Our strategy & impact
- Accelerate impact by supporting on-the ground digital health initiatives in which we develop economically viable products, services and business models such as our Lighthouse Initiatives.
- Provide a collaborative platform to strengthen working relationships and enable new mechanisms of collaboration between the diverse actors and stakeholders in the digital health landscape.
- Bring a private sector approach to co-create sustainable business models and public-private partnerships
- Facilitate access to key in-house capabilities such as managerial expertise and training, support services, funding solutions and technology.
- Create a Learning for Scale Hub to facilitate learning and best practice sharing.