GHSP: The Role of World Health Organization’s Digital Adaptation Kits

1 March, 2022

Below are the citation and key messages of a new paper in Global Health Science and Practice. Has anyone on HIFA used/applied these Kits to their work? We would welcome feedback.

CITATION: Transitioning to Digital Systems: The Role of World Health Organization’s Digital Adaptation Kits in Operationalizing Recommendations and Interoperability Standards

Tigest Tamrat et al.

Global Health: Science and Practice February 2022, 10(1):1-9;


- Digital adaptation kits (DAKs) translate World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for a health domain area into a package of business process workflows, core data needs, decision-support algorithms, linkages to indicators, and functional requirements that can then be more easily translated into digital systems.

- DAKs are part of the suite of tools within the WHO SMART (Standards-based, Machine-readable, Adaptive, Requirements-based, and Testable) guidelines approach to systematically reinforce clinical, public health, and data recommendations within digital systems.

- DAKs serve as a critical step in fulfilling WHO’s long-term vision of SMART guidelines for transforming guideline development, delivery, and application in the digital age. A key measure of success will be ensuring countries can adapt the generic DAKs according to their digital ecosystem and aligned to their national health policies.

- Collaborations across health program leads, digital health and health information systems focal points, implementers, software developers, and service providers will be critical for the effective use of DAKs within country contexts.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,