WHO is leading the development of a global strategy on digital health in consultation with Member States and key stakeholders. The Strategy aims to accelerate adoption of digital health, strengthen commitment and capacity for action and align partnerships, innovation and research towards Health for All.
The strategy is ready and accessible for public consultation until 30 April 2019.
Digital health has historically been characterized by implementations rolled out in the absence of a careful examination of the evidence base on benefits and harms. This guideline presents recommendations based on a critical evaluation of the evidence on emerging digital health (specifically mobile health) interventions that are contributing to health system improvements, based on an assessment of their benefits, harms, acceptability, feasibility, resource use and equity considerations.
Global diffusion of eHealth : Making universal health coverage achievable
Published in December 2016, this report analyses how eHealth can be used to make universal health coverage achievable. The first global study of its kind, this publication will be useful for policy makers in eHealth and telecommunications, acedemics and students, and eHealth professionals.
National eHealth strategies
The National eHealth Strategy Toolkit is an expert, practical guide that provides governments, their ministries and stakeholders with a solid foundation and method for the development and implementation of a national eHealth vision, action plan and monitoring framework.
As the use of eHealth grows, it is vital to shape national policy and improve international collaboration to ensure that it improves the health of individuals and populations. In today’s increasingly connected world, today’s governance challenges include legal, ethical and social aspects of eHealth and the health Internet.
58%of Member States have an eHealth strategyRead more here
55%of countries have legislation to protect electronic patient dataRead more here
87%of countries report having one or more national initiativesRead more here
eHealth at WHO
eHealth is the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health. The eHealth unit works with partners at the global, regional and country level to promote and strengthen the use of ICT in health development, from applications in the field to global governance. The unit is based in the Department of Service Delivery and Safety in the Cluster of Health Systems and Innovation.