The health data ecosystem and big data

Understanding big data for health as an ecosystem provides a conceptual approach to the various elements and how they fit. It illustrates how changes in one affect the other and shows where possibilities might arise for the use of data. This holistic understanding can assist policy making and public engagement on big data for health.

National eHealth strategies

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.

The Health Internet

The Internet offers far-reaching benefits for health. Internet top-level domains related to health, managed in the public interest, could serve the public, civil society, governments and industry, and meet public policy objectives such as the protection of privacy, the facilitation of legitimate enterprise and exchange of health information, knowledge and views. WHO proposes governing principals to ensure trust and confidence in the health Internet.


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 Service Delivery and Safety 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.

Contact information

eHealth Unit
Service Delivery and Safety
Health Systems and Innovation
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
1211 Geneva 27