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Despite their potential, the role of digital technologies in enhancing health financing, and their implications for health systems transformation, are not well known, especially in LMICs. These technologies include mobile telephone applications, webpage interaction platforms, blockchain, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence including machine learning. This paper focuses on digital technologies that significantly transform the way health-financing tasks are undertaken by stewards, purchasers, providers, users, and citizens in general. It emphasizes that while digital technologies support achievement of widely agreed health-financing principles and desirable attributes, they may also pose risks to health financing and application. This paper outlines potential benefits of digital health technologies and seeks to anticipate and explore possible risks and challenges with a focus on LMICs. It provides initial conclusions and reflections for policy makers to consider for reaping benefits, and mitigating risks and challenges, in relation to health financing. Click here to read the paper.