On December 12, 2017, Institute for Global Health Policy Research (iGHP) had an honor to organize a side event as a part of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Forum 2017 that was held in Tokyo between December 12 and December 15, 2017.
The topic of our side event was "The Future of Health Systems: The Role of Data Health in the Era of the Next-Generation UHC". The event was co-organized by iGHP and “The Partnership Project for Global Health and Universal Health Coverage (GLO+UHC)” (Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), National Health Security Office (NHSO) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)). The Japan Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) supported the event as a co-sponsor.
Ms. Netnapis Suchonwanich, Former Deputy Secretary-General, NHSO, gave a presentation on Thailand’s efforts to achieve a people-centered health information system. She also made mention of a people-centered and cloud-based health profiles of Thailand for which Japan and Thailand are currently striving to collaborate and create a roadmap. Professor Hiroaki Miyata, Director of the Department of Global Health Systems and Innovation at iGHP, explained challenges and prospects of the next-generation UHC as well as the concept of a Person-centered Open Platform for wellbeing (PeOPLe). The experts from various countries and global partners shared their experiences and expertise, and had a forum on several issues; how we could make the best use of available data, what kind of innovative approaches are possible, and how ICT utilization can contribute to identifying the bottlenecks of the current health systems and also to integrating health services for UHC.
This event was well-received by more than one hundred participants that consisted of ministry officials, developing partners, academia, private sectors and civil societies from various countries.
Norihiro Kokudo, President, NCGM National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGM)
Yasuhiro Suzuki, Chief Medical and Global Health Officer, Vice Minister for Health, MHLW, Japan
Yohsuke Takasaki, Chief Advisor, GLO+UHC
Netnapis Suchonwanich, Former Deputy Secretary-General, NHSO
Hiroaki Miyata, Director, Department of Global Health Systems and Innovation, iGHP, NCGM
Kozo Watanabe, Deputy Director General and Group Director for Health Group 2, Human Development Department, JICA
Kenji Shibuya, Director, iGHP, NCGM (Moderator)
Mickey Chopra, Lead Health Specialist, the World Bank
Dana Hovig, Director, Integrated Delivery, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Hee Jin Kang, Research Fellow, National Health Insurance Service (NHIS), Korea
Netnapis Suchonwanich, NHSO
Hiroaki Miyata, iGHP, NCGM