Global Observatory for eHealth

Call for innovative health technologies and eHealth solutions for low-resource settings


Background and Aim of the Call

Medical devices are indispensable in health care delivery as tools for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

Further, eHealth solutions - from simple SMS appointment reminders on a mobile phone, to more complex electronic medical record systems - are promising approaches in the use of information and communication technologies to support health systems and services. However, despite the exponential growth of scientific and technological development, availability of and access to appropriate and affordable health technologies and eHealth solutions in low- and middle-income countries are still insufficient.

The Medical Devices and eHealth units of WHO aim to help make available the benefits of core health technologies with the purpose to address global health concerns by developing a framework for their assessment, management and regulation and by challenging the scientific and business communities to identify and develop innovative technologies.

This call aims to identify innovative health technologies and eHealth solutions which address global health concerns (section 4) and which are likely to be appropriate and affordable for use in low-resource settings. Selected technologies will be featured in the "Compendium of innovative health technologies and eHealth solutions for low-resource settings 2012" and on the Medical Devices and eHealth websites of WHO.

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