Health in the 21st Century

Putting Data to Work for Stronger Health Systems

This report explores how data and digital technology can help achieve policy objectives and drive positive transformation in the health sector while managing new risks such as privacy, equity and implementation costs. It examines the following topics: improving service delivery models; empowering people to take an active role in their health and their care; improving public health; managing biomedical technologies; enabling better collaboration across borders; and improving health system governance and stewardship. It also examines how health workforces should be equipped to make the most of digital technology. The report contains findings from surveys of OECD countries and shares a range of examples that illustrate the potential benefits as well as challenges of the digital transformation in the health sector. Findings and recommendations are relevant for policymakers, health care providers, payers, industry as well as patients, citizens and civil society.

Published on November 21, 2019

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Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Bringing health into the 21st century
New ways of delivering care for better outcomes
The informed patient
Engaging and transforming the health workforce
Big data: A new dawn for public health?
Data without borders: Boosting knowledge and innovation
Harnessing data to manage biomedical technologies
Intelligent system governance, stewardship and resource allocation
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