Compendium of innovative health technologies for low-resource settings

The 2013 Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low-Resource Settings presents a snapshot of health technologies which might have the potential to improve health outcomes and the quality of life, or to offer a solution to an unmet medical/health technology need. This annual publication aims to encourage greater interaction among ministries of health, procurement officers, donors, technology developers, manufacturers, clinicians, academics and the general public to ensure greater investment in health technology and to move towards universal access to essential health technologies. In 2013, inclusion in the Compendium was restricted to commercialized products with regulatory approval. The full publication for download will be available soon.

WHO Forum on eHealth Standardization and Interoperability

On 10 and 11 February 2014, WHO hosted the Joint Inter-Ministerial Policy Dialogue on eHealth Standardization and Second WHO Forum on eHealth Standardization and Interoperability at WHO headquarters in Geneva. Participants included representatives from WHO Member States, health data standards development organizations (SDOs), academic and research institutions, implementing partners, the donor community, and subject matter experts concerned with development, adoption and implementation of health data standards at national and sub-national level. The first Forum was held at WHO Headquarters in December 2012.

eHealth discussed at the 66th World Health Assembly

eHealth was on the agenda for the 66th World Health Assembly 20-28 May, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. Member States reviewed a report on eHealth and approved resolution WHA66.24 on eHealth standardization and interoperability. Member States speaking at the session noted the importance of health data standardization as part of health systems and services. The resolution also noted the importance of proper governance and operation of health-related global top-level domain names, including “.health”.

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.


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 information and communication technologies in health development, from applications in the field to global governance. The unit is based in the Department of Knowledge Ethics and Research in the cluster of Health Systems and Innovation.

Programmes and projects

WHO's work in eHealth includes programmes and projects in areas such as policy and governance, standardization and interoperability, research and global surveys, eLearning and capacity building, networking and South-to-South collaboration, as well as eHealth applications.

Selected events 2014

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Contact information

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