eHealth at WHO
Resolutions on eHealth
The 66th World Health Assembly recognized the need for health data standardization as part of eHealth systems and services, and the importance of proper governance and operation of health-related global top-level Internet domain names, including “.health”.
The World Health Assembly resolution recognized the potential of eHealth to strengthen health systems and to improve quality, safety and access to care, and encouraged Member States to take action to incorporate eHealth in health systems and services (58th World Health Assembly, 2005; Geneva, Switzerland).
World Health Organization in 1998 recognized the increasing importance of the Internet and its potential to impact health through advertising and promotion of medical products, in its resolution on “Cross-border advertising, promotion, and sale of medical products through the Internet” (101st Executive Board, 1998; Geneva, Switzerland).
The Executive board considered “mHealth: use of mobile wireless technologies for public health,” reflecting the increasing importance of this resource for health services delivery and public health due to their ease of use, broad reach and wide acceptance. “mHealth” or mobile health has been shown to increase access to health information, services and skills, as well as promote positive changes in health behaviours and manage diseases. (139th Executive Board, 2016; Geneva, Switzerland).
The ehealth unit is working in close collaboration with WHO collaborating centers, NGO's in official relations, its eHealth Technical Advisory Group (eTAG) and other partners.