Global Observatory for eHealth

eHealth and innovation in women's and children's health: A baseline review

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Publication details

Number of pages: 164
Publication date: March 2014
ISBN: 978 92 4 156472 4



Information and communication technologies (ICTs) play an increasingly critical role in providing health services, including for women’s and children’s health. This joint publication by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) reports the results of the first survey to study the impact of eHealth on women’s and children’s health in developing countries. It highlights many encouraging findings including the development of national eHealth policies, the monitoring of key indicators, and the implementation of electronic information systems. Recommendations for the way forward are proposed. Never before has there been such a high response rate for a Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe) survey. This is a clear reflection that countries are now recognizing the importance of innovation through ICTs to advancing women’s and children’s health around the world, in a wide variety of innovative ways.