About the Global Digital Health Index

Integrating technologies such as mobile phones, tablets, remote patient monitoring devices, and sensors into health systems can save lives, extend the reach of healthcare services, and reduce healthcare costs – yet many countries face persistent challenges in implementing sustainable digital health solutions at scale.

In early 2016, HealthEnabled and the Global Development Incubator (GDI) partnered with Dalberg’s Design Impact Group (DIG), ThoughtWorks, and representatives from 20+ countries and 50+ international agencies and organizations to design the Global Digital Health Index (GDHI), a tool to help countries benchmark and monitor their investments in digital health over time. Using the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) eHealth Strategy Toolkit, the GDHI is an interactive digital resource that tracks, monitors, and evaluates the use of digital technology for health across countries.

The GDHI has three objectives:

  • EMPOWER: The GDHI provides visibility into the status and historical progression of key digital health performance indicators at a national and global level. It empowers health ministries, funders, policy makers, and industry players to make intelligent and informed strategic decisions about how and where to allocate resources.

  • EVALUATE: The GDHI benchmarks countries against standardized digital health criteria. It assesses the presence and quality of national policies and strategies, investment risks, and coverage of key digital health platforms while providing countries with a roadmap for maturing over time.

  • MOTIVATE: The GDHI helps countries track progress and identify weaknesses within their digital health initiatives. It incentivizes improvements in national digital health systems and more targeted investments globally.

The GDHI helps facilitate the strategic use of digital health to accelerate and monitor the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and wellbeing for all at all ages, through enhanced data use and visibility into health systems.


The GDHI is co-facilitated by HealthEnabled, a digital health nonprofit, and the Global Development Incubator (GDI), an organization that builds social impact startups and partnerships.

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ThoughtWorks is the technology partner developing the web-based Index.

Steering Committee






The GDHI steering committee includes a broad range of government, private sector, academic, NGO, and other top institutions and individuals in digital health:

Sarah Campbell, Philips

Vajira Dissanayake, Commonwealth Medical Association

Skye Gilbert, PATH

Rajendra Gupta, Ministry of Health India

Boonchai Kijsanayotin, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand/Asia e-Health Network

Alain Labrique, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Mark Landry, World Health Organization South East Asia

Harrold Wolf, HIMSS

Ousmane Ly, Ministry of Health Mali

Joanne Peter, Johnson & Johnson

Chaitali Sinha, IDRC

Tim Wood, Gates Foundation

Adele Waugaman, USAID

GDHI has received financial support from:


GDHI is pleased to count several global organizations as partners:



The following countries contributed data to the GDHI prototype platform: Ghana, India, Jordan, Mali, Mozambique, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, and Uganda.