Digital Health Impact Framework


The Digital Health Impact Framework (DHIF) is a ten-step methodology from an Asian Development Bank project in 2018. It helps Ministries of Health and health systems in their project and investment decision making. The purpose is to create and evaluate digital health options for projects, then identify the options that offer affordable Value for Money (VFM) and reduce and mitigate risk. VFM is the socioeconomic impact of options over time. Affordability is the sustainable finance and accounting implications, Although there are manuals to step people through this strategy, this course covers the principles of the steps, DHIF’s architecture and how to apply them to participants’ real-life projects. It concludes with a hands-on application of the DHIF methodology to participants’ real-life projects. In addition to the 5 lessons, the course presenters will be available online to work with you to ensure you understand and answer any questions you may have throughout the course. This course is designed to give a certificate of completion but will also build your skills and knowledge and give you an introduction to the industry which the Masters of eHealth and Telemedicine belongs to and will give you more knowledge and insight and which is an internationally recognized qualification. If you would like to complete the Masters you will be given a 10% discount into this program with this certificate.


During the course, participants will progress toward attainment of the following objectives:
  • Identify the architecture, characteristics and the roles of a DHIF model
  • Understand the concepts and methodology using illustrative DHIF models
  • Apply DHIF to real-life projects
  • Review DHIF illustrative models
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
  • Understand and develop investment goals linked to health, health care, and digital health strategies
  • Define the different stakeholders' types, user requirements and required functionality
  • How to develop the architecture and content of a DHIF model
  • Identify the appropriate network requirements, and data and capacity dependencies from other digital health investments
  • Develop personal skills in stakeholder engagement, human capacity building in using the DHIF and change management skills


This program is designed to help people learn about, develop and apply the skills to set up and use DHIF models. You can start with a small-scale DHIF health model, then move progressively to larger-scale models. It will equip you to gradually increase your modeling skills and experience to deal with the increasing complexity of digital health investment. Course presenters will be available online to support participants in developing their own real-life DHIF models as part of their action learning.


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  • Introduction to investing in digital health
  • DHIF’s ten steps
  • Socioeconomic costs and benefits
  • Affordability
  • Stakeholders
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  • Setting timescales
  • Identifying stakeholders socioeconomic costs and benefits
  • Monetizing intangible costs and benefits
  • Difference between economic and financial costs and benefits
  • Financial costs including changes in cash flow
  • Costing methodologies
  • Depreciation
  • Action Learning
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  • Creating DHIF models and options
  • Managing assumptions and estimates
  • How to make optimal digital health investment decisions
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  • Creating real-life DHIF models
  • Adjusting DHIF findings for sensitivity, optimism bias and risk
  • Risk mitigation plans
  • Modifying DHIF models to improve digital health projects
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  • Presentation of DHIF models by participants
[/su_spoiler] Support materials to be provided by the presenters and DHIF website

Teaching methods

Monday (midday Italian time) once a week for 5 weeks.

Modes of attendance

This course can be attended:
  • On campus
  • On line, via a cutting-edge web Platform


Whichever way you choose to take the course, you will receive: CERTIFICATE At the end of the course, you will be presented with a named participation certificate. HIGH QUALITY LECTURES Our teachers are renowned trainers and managers who come from a multitude of operational and professional environments. They are therefore able to bring a wealth of up to date experience and competency. LEARNING MATERIALS All participants in this course will be provided with a wealth of documentation, including slide presentations, case studies and exercises. CAREER-SERVICE If you wish, participation in this course will entitle you to: Having your CV inserted in the Rome Business School database and distributed to companies, organizations and headhunters of the Rome Business School’s international network; The review and editing of your CV; Support in managing your job interviews. REGISTRATION IN THE ROME BUSINESS SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Participation in the Master’s course entitles you to be enrolled in the Rome Business School Alumni Association, the international network through which students of the Rome Business School can share ideas, experiences, and projects.

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