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COVID-19 Apps and the future of digital technologies
Tuesday 26 Janaury 2021 from 12:00-13:00 CET
Some countries in Europe introduced apps to support contract tracing, which is an essential tool in
the prevention of COVID-19 transmission. These apps raised both technical and policy challenges.
Technologically, it proved harder than expected to design apps for this purpose. Privacy concerns
have also arisen around how data are collected, stored, and used by health professionals and public health services.
This has hampered the uptake and utility of apps in contact tracing. It has also pushed countries towards using
digital infrastructure provided by Google and Apple. In practice, few countries in Europe got more than one in five
residents to download the apps. What can we learn from the experience with COVID-19 apps to improve the utility
of digital health technologies? What is the future for digital health technologies after the pandemic?
Join us in this webinar to learn more about COVID-19 apps in Europe and the future of digital health technologies.
Nick Fahy, University of Oxford
Alexander Degelsegger-Márquez, Austrian Public Health Institute (GÖG)
Ceri Thompson, European Commission
Clayton Hamilton, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
Dimitra Panteli & Erica Richardson (European Observatory on Health
Systems and Policies)
This webinar is part of a series of webinars which draws lessons from country experiences based on
Health System Response Monitor (HSRM)
- a joint undertaking with the WHO Regional Office for Europe,
the European Commission and the European Observatory. The COVID-19 HSRM builds on the expertise of the
Health Systems and Policy Monitor network and the WHO Country Offices and the knowledge and work of colleagues
in the Regional Office and DG SANTE who are dealing with the pandemic and supporting countries. The webinar series
is indebted to them all.
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