eHealth Governance

Directing and coordinating eHealth development, achieving consensus on policy, protecting individuals and groups and assuring oversight and accountability in the various aspects relating to use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health are all part of an eHealth governance function at the national level. At the global level, eHealth governance touches on the rights, rules, responsibilities and risks of stakeholders in areas such as the health Internet, health data use and information systems. Sound governance describes participatory, transparent, accountable, effective and equitable processes that promote the rule of law. Stakeholders include the public and private sectors, as well as civil society.

The health data ecosystem and big data

The health data ecosystem is described in this conceptual diagram, created by the WHO eHealth Unit and the Health Ethics and Policy Lab, Epidemiology Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich.

The Health Internet

eHealth Governance is concerned with eHealth services and the health Internet, which are changing the context of health information privacy, security and safety in the networked world.

HIS country ownership & leadership continuum

The HIS country ownership and leadership continuum was developed by WHO, USAID and ITU as a framework for discussing the major components of health information systems, in the context of country ownership.

Contact information

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