Models of Digital Health Governance: Best Practices, Lessons Learned, and Future Priorities



Over the past 30 years, information technology (IT) has dramatically transformed the healthcare landscape across the globe, and it is continuing to evolve. Even before the advent of the Internet, IT was creating new medical technologies as well as opportunities for institutions within the healthcare system to collect and process data in ways never before imagined. With the Internet came a bright new potential in communications and the exchange and transfer of data across the many corridors of the system.


The information age has led to electronic health records, telemedicine and eHealth for patient care, distance education, mobile health (mHealth) applications, wearable devices, and unimaginably large data sets for research and analysis, to name just a few examples. These changes have overall led to improvements in the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the healthcare system.


However, with all this change, it has been critical that governments and health institutions keep up with the technology to ensure certain standards for patient and data privacy are maintained, and that defined standards for data exchange and communications are agreed upon and adhered to by all relevant parties. A system of governance encompassing the rights, norms, responsibilities, and risks in the use of these technologies has thus been trying to adapt at roughly the same pace as the technology–with varying degrees of success around the world (WHO, 2021; Marcelo et al, 2018; Hansen et al, 2021).


This Special Issue will attempt to assess and explore the current state of the progress made so far in the digital health governance arena and highlight areas that require further exploration.


List of topic areas

We welcome submissions to this special issue. Topics covered include (but are not limited to):

  • [Review] A Survey of the State of Digital Health Governance Worldwide - What are the different models of digital governance currently being applied around the world? Can a series of digital health governance “levels” be defined for the countries of the world to better view where progress has been made and where it needs to become a greater focus?
  • Establishing an Effective Digital Health Governance Practice - What different regulatory mechanisms have been used to deal with evolving technologies? What problems have these mechanisms solved, and what problems still remain to be addressed?
  • Key Challenges Affecting the Development of Digital Health - How can we develop evidence-based digital health standards that deal with privacy, data governance, and ethical challenges.? 
  • Lessons from COVID-19 for Digital Health - How effectively were key data shared worldwide to support public policy to address the pandemic? If breakdowns did occur, how can such problems be avoided in the future? Did patient privacy requirements impede the ability of public health systems to stem the spread of coronavirus? 
  • Sustainable Digital Health Systems in the Post-pandemic Era - In the aftermath of COVID-19, what lessons have been learned in regards to governance of digital health systems?
  • Data Sharing Ecosystem to Ensure Its Long-term Sustainability / Openness in Medical Data and Data Repositories - What legal and regulatory frameworks exist related to primary and secondary use of health data in order to promote advances in research while maintaining privacy standards? Are there any risks that data sharing could lead to a “big data” environment that enables unethical use?
  • Digital Skills of Citizens and Health Professionals - How has the growing information literacy of the public affected healthcare delivery? How has the health and medical education system adapted to ensure that health professionals have the information literacy skills necessary to keep up with advances in technology and the research literature?
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of HIPAA in the U.S. and GDPR in Europe - How have HIPAA and GDPR impacted the performance of healthcare delivery, data sharing, and healthcare management in the U.S. and Europe? What lessons can other countries learn from these experiences?

Categories of manuscripts:  research paper, conceptual paper, viewpoint, general review, literature review, case study


Guest Editors

Sergey Soshnikov,
Professor, Bukhara State Medical Institute, 
[email protected]

Mark Storey,
Managing Director, HealthConnect International,
[email protected]


Deadline and Submission Details: 

Closing date for manuscripts submission:  31/10/2022            

Closing date for abstract submission: 5/09/2022    

The publication date of this special issue is August, 2023   

Expressions of interest should be sent directly to the Guest Editors via email. 

Sergey Soshnikov: [email protected]

Mark Storey: [email protected]

Upon approval, manuscripts may then be submitted via ScholarOne. To submit your research, please visit:

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For all questions, please contact the guest editors.



WHO (2021). Global strategy on digital health 2020-2025. Geneva: World Health Organization.

Marcelo, A., Medeiros, D., Ramesh, K., Roth, S., Wyatt, P. (2018). Transforming Health Systems Through Good Digital Health Governance. Asian Development Bank.

Hansen, J., Wilson, P., Verhoeven, E., Kroneman, M., Kirwan, M., Verheij, R., Veen, E.B. van. (2021). Assessment of the EU Member States’ rules on health data in the light of GDPR. Brussels: Publications Office of the European Union.