In many countries there is a growing belief that digital transformation of the health sector has the potential to substantially increase access to effective and affordable health services. At the same time, there is concern about potentially harmful outcomes. Strategies for the management of digital health transformation in low- and middle-income countries need to take the complex context within which it is taking place into account. This includes a digital health innovation ecosystem with small technology start-ups and large national and international companies, a mixed health system with a wide variety of public and private providers and complex accountability mechanisms that include government regulatory arrangements and a variety of civil society organisations.
We will facilitate a multi-dimensional mutual learning process, including meetings in Argentina and alongside the 7th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Colombia, that focus on the implications of digital health transformation for health systems, including in Latin America. Our approach draws on methods such as T-Labs (‘transformation laboratories’) to shape highly facilitated, multi-stakeholder spaces for interaction and dialogue aimed at co-creating new visions, understandings, practices and interventions for transforming problematic systems. We will bring together diverse groups of people to work together to understand, sometimes in new ways, complex systems and the problems they generate, and to identify, co-design, and test novel ways of addressing the underlying causes of those problems, often by experimenting with new configurations of actors, institutions and practices.