Global Health Centre
27 September 2021

A global research map to identify trends and gaps in digital health

I-DAIR just launched a new Digital Health and AI Global Research Map (GRM) to increase visibility and understanding of current trends in digital health.

I-DAIR's new world map based on the maturity of national Digital Health strategies

I-DAIR just launched a new Digital Health and AI Global Research Map (GRM) to increase visibility and understanding of current trends in digital health. The GRM is an interactive tool developed to provide situational awareness of the Digital Health and AI research and development domains. Its main goal is to identify trends and gaps in research and innovation, and foster academic, governmental and private sector collaboration on AI and digital health. The GRM includes a powerful visualization tool that can generate a detailed landscape of research publications and patents for nine regions from 2011 to 2020. This tool also addresses global and national digital health strategies, and offers a new world map of collaboration opportunities. The GRM aims to help countries visualise their present strengths, prioritise future investments, and track the evolutionary impact of their strategies on research and innovation.

Digital Health and AI Global Research Map

The overall vision of the GRM is to provide a global landscape that can serve for the identification of existing international research and development networks, reinforcement of cooperation and collaboration and the nature and scope of exchanges between developed countries and low- and middle-income countries. Through this tool, I-DAIR also aims to support the identification of best practices, and guide the development of efficient national digital health strategy.

With the GRM, we want to underline the potential of different countries in producing their own research and development. We hope that this map will encourage the establishment of regional joint research capacity, and help identify major actors, trends and important investigational subjects at the regional and national level. This tool could also help donors, agencies and digital health actors explore specific areas for investment and development.

Amandeep Sigh Gill (CEO and Director, I-DAIR) and Mehdi Snène (Research Director, I-DAIR)


The GRM provides the following features:

National Digital Health Strategy Benchmarking

  • Based on existing and publicly available data, reports and documents
  • Classified into two axis: the present (readiness, availability) and the future (development strategy, capacity building roadmap)
  • Composed from 13 indexes (digital strategy, health strategy and digital health strategy)
  • Development of digital health strategies, taxonomy and classification
  • Detection of best practices and patterns of strategies development
  • Annually based analytics report and digital map releases

Research and Development Landscape

  • Based on published research, scientific funding, meta data of clinical trials, patents and grey literature
  • Classified by origin and domain
  • Based on developed digital health corpus and classification
  • Development of analytics service for trends detection, research funding allocation and privileged areas for investment
  • Collaborative index space for international research and development networking and development of a network of cooperation based on predefined values of exchange (data, knowledge, services, tools, funds…)
  • Annually based Intelligence report and monthly updated digital dashboard releases


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