Thanks to an international advocacy campaign and an Open Consultation in November 2017 a focus on “Ageing & Health” has been included into WHOs next work programme 2019 – 2023. After a strong WHO commitment on healthy ageing in the past years, it almost disappeared from its agenda.
A Global Strategy and Action Plan on Aging and Health has been developed for the years 2016 – 2020 and shall be further enhanced and used to prepare for the Decade of Healthy Aging 2020-2030. Especially relevant for the iPrognosis project are paragraphs 37 and 98 of the draft work programme. It is essential to align ‘health systems to the needs of older populations, with a special focus on enhancing the functioning of older persons and the management of chronic disease (…)and improving measurement, monitoring and understanding of healthy ageing’ (p.37).
The establishment of ‘best practice standards for measurement through different data systems of each critical health outcome, determinant and health system attribute, including (…) administrative health service data systems, disease registries and surveillance systems [is needed]. Standard setting will encompass assessing and utilizing the potential of innovative modalities for data capture, analysis, reporting and use, such as satellite imagery, environmental sensors, mobile and cloud technology and social media.’
iPrognosis fits into this frame and therefore gains ground to build on its further deployment in the coming months.
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