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FT Future of Health Coverage Davos

May 9, 2019

FT Future of Health Coverage will stimulate transformative, cutting-edge thinking on how best to adopt mobile technology for the delivery of health systems that benefit millions of people lacking access to health. Bringing together governments from developing and donor countries, influential multilateral organizations, technology companies, health insurers, and healthcare providers, the conference will uncover how government can collaborate with the industry in using mobile technology and innovations to accelerate inclusive and sustainable financing for UHC.

Mobile technology is changing the world with unprecedented pace, impact and reach. Today, with as little as a sim card, individuals can be included with marginal additional costs. This creates opportunities to connect millions of people to better healthcare. We can build a mobile infrastructure that empowers individuals to access and pay for (health) services and goods that were previously out of reach.

The impact of mobile technology goes way beyond m-health. It opens new doors to fair redistribution of funds. It can put an end to inefficiencies and leakage. Data sharing presents an opportunity to reduce costs and improve the quality of cure, care, and prevention—if the technology is applied to its full potential in the interest of societies and its individual members.

Joep Lange Institute, PharmAccess and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs were among the first to recognize the importance of financial innovation and the role of mobile technology in improving health systems in developing countries. Some of these initiatives have been taken to scale by governments and the private sector in Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ghana.

How can we allow those in need to ‘pay’ with their data? How can we find a balance between privacy first, in the interest of the individual, and mandatory sharing of (health) data, in the interest of society? During the FT Future of Health Coverage conference, we will talk about opportunities and potential pitfalls of the mobile health transformation. We will look at innovative financing models that pool resources and increase transparency within the system. We will hear from experts about the infrastructure required so that the money and insights from personal data can flow back to society, including those in need.

FT Future of Health Coverage Davos


KIT, Royal Tropical Institute
Mauritskade 63
Amsterdam, 1092 AD Netherlands
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