Medical devices

Call for innovative health technologies: Medical devices, assistive devices, and eHealth solutions for low-resource settings 2013

Background and Aim of the Call

Medical devices are indispensable in health care delivery as tools for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Assistive devices play an important role in improving health outcomes, enhancing abilities, and, when appropriate to the user and their environment, can increase independence and improve participation Further, eHealth solutions - from simple SMS appointment reminders on a mobile phone, to more complex electronic medical record systems - are powerful 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 medical devices, assistive devices, and eHealth solutions in low- and middle-income countries are still inadequate. The Medical Devices, Disability and Rehabilitation, and eHealth units of WHO are striving to make available the benefits of core health technologies with the aim of addressing global health concerns. This is done – among other things - by developing a framework for technology 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 that address global health concerns (section 4) and that are likely to be appropriate and affordable for low-resource settings. Selected technologies will be featured in the "Compendium of innovative health technologies: medical devices, assistive devices, and eHealth solutions for low-resource settings 2013" and can be accessed from the Medical Devices, Disability and Rehabilitation and eHealth websites of WHO.