Armenian Digital Health Initiative (ADHI) is a large-scale economic and social development project that began in 2019 as a result of a shared vision by a prominent Digital Health specialist, Professor of Health Informatics at Imperial College London (United Kingdom) Robert Istepanian, PhD, and the Founding President of Armenian Association of Digital Health (AADH), Professor and Head of Digital Health at Deggendorf Institute of Technology (Germany) Georgi Chaltikyan, MD, PhD, who were subsequently joined by the Associate Director of Digital Patient Safety at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (USA) Lernik Essayei, MD, MPA, CPPS and other healthcare and technology specialists from both the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora. The Initiative aims at establishing a competitive Digital Health Ecosystem in Armenia and Artsakh (that has been named the Armenian Digital Health Valley – “DiHVal“), with wide participation of all stakeholders, interested experts and enthusiasts regardless of where they are based, with the long-term ambition of establishing Armenia as a Digital Health Center of Excellence, or Hub of global importance.
The originators of ADHI have developed a vision that advancing Digital Health and becoming a regional (and in the long term global) leader in the field is both possible and feasible, and presents an unprecedented opportunity for Armenia in terms of a revolutionary transformation of its economy, society, and health of Armenians, and should thus be considered a top-level priority by the nation’s government and leadership.
The Initiative is structured around three pillars:
The mission and objectives of the Initiative are correspondingly stated as follows:
On August 14, 2021, the AADH organized and conducted a high-level Ministerial Workshop on Digital Health Initiative to develop a Declaration on the Armenian Digital Health Cluster and achieve a consensus on the ‘Establishment’ phase objectives and deliverables.
The ‘Establishment’ phase objectives refer to:
Phases of Armenian Digital Health Initiative (AADH, 2022)