The global program seeks digital health technologies for developing countries

The Global Medical Practitioner Validation Association (GMDVA) is seeking technology grants to support medical service providers working in some of the world’s most underserved locations.

While digital health technologies and programs have the potential to improve healthcare in the US, their value to healthcare providers in developing countries is even greater.

This is where the Global Physician Validation Association (GMDVA) steps in. Based in Belgium, the organization provides technology, education, resources, network and connections for accommodation opportunities to providers worldwide.

GMDVA is particularly interested in this point to help providers in underserved and developing countries obtain the technology and resources needed to improve health care delivery and outcomes, and has undertaken efforts to collect donated technology.

HealthLeaders recently spoke virtually with Dr. Vincenzo Costigliola, President of the GMDVA, about his organization and their efforts to expand digital healthcare around the world.

Q: How do you think digital health technology and education can make a difference in developing nations?

Costiliola: We give doctors the 3Cs: Confidence, Competence and Curiosity. GMDVA works within the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly #3 Education (in this case Lifelong Health Learning), #4 Health and Wellness, and #17 Partnerships (by establishing strategic alliances and partnerships in the U.S. , Europe and around the world help create interoperability for universal medicine).

Q. Is this program only looking for cash donations or are you also looking for digital health technology?

Costiliola: We are currently seeking donations for a special program to enhance the skills of surgeons in developing countries, many of whom live below the poverty line themselves. This digital surgery program will enable doctors to better engage patients and meet the needs of millions who currently wait for or cannot access surgery in developing countries.

We are also developing a global ecosystem, so we are always looking for strategic alliances that can help us achieve our goal of universal medicine worldwide.

Q. Can health systems provide other services, such as digital learning or a platform to facilitate digital health education?

Costiliola: Yes, we are always open to working with allies and partners to enhance our Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development (CME/CPD) programs for physician training and development. We will soon expand the offering of these programs to healthcare institutions and all healthcare professionals (HCPs). We also work with allies who provide digital skills training for real-world applications to our global medical community and welcome them to contact us to explore how we can work together.

Q. Apart from this project, what else is GMVDA doing to expand the adoption of digital health?

Costiliola: GMDVA started with the mission to validate doctors. We are now working to create a global physician and health professional HCP director on the blockchain. We then develop a system to verify and verify various therapies and treatments, including digital health technologies.

By first ensuring trust in global doctors, then making sure what’s on offer is safe, effective, private and secure, we can better engage patients, adopt technology and innovate digital health together with our strategic alliances .

We are also working on forming a new committee, led by doctors and scientists from around the world, who will advise on the design and creation of a new decision support platform that doctors will have access to anywhere, anytime. to get the right medical knowledge quickly.

Q. Do you work with any specific health associations, organizations or health systems in the US to promote this cause?

Costiliola: We started in Europe, then started expanding globally. We are co-developing a new Digital Innovation Advancement Program (DIUP) with our allies that we will be able to roll out to family practitioners/general practitioners (FPs/GPs) in the US, then globally in developing countries.

In our model, we provide many grants to support the digital upskilling of doctors in developing countries and are also able to subsidize paid programs in developed countries. We are also currently negotiating with the leadership of major cardiology and surgical associations and societies to include them in our global alliance to jointly develop new DIUP programs for their specialty.

Q. Are there any particular technologies or innovations you would like to see adopted in developing countries to improve access/delivery of health care?

Costiliola: We work with remote providers of digital health and digital surgery solutions to help bring these technologies to the developing world. We also plan to digitize all programs to make them available to 2,900 medical schools worldwide to support the training of junior doctors in digital health technology and innovation.

We are exponential thinkers: We believe that digital technologies will be disruptive, digitized, demonetized and dematerialized, and then we will be better able to democratize real-world experiences and real-world applications for physicians around the world.

Erik Wiklund is the innovation and technology editor for HealthLeaders.

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