Digital tools play an important role in supporting front-line health workers who deliver primary care. This paper, which appears in Volume 17 of World Health and Population, explores the current state of efforts undertaken to move away from single-purpose applications of digital health towards integrated systems and solutions that align with national strategies. Through examples from health information systems, data and health worker training, this paper demonstrates how governments and stakeholders are working to integrate digital health services. It emphasizes three factors as crucial for this integration: development and implementation of national digital health strategies; technical interoperability and collaborative approaches to ensure that digital health has an impact on the primary care level. Consolidation of technologies will enable an integrated, scalable approach to the use of digital health to support health workers.
Laurie Werner, Global Director of the BID Initiative, and Amanda BenDor, Technical Program Manager for PATH's Digital Health Program, are co-authors of this paper.