Medical devices

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

Characterization of Innovative Health Technologies

For the purpose of this call, the term ‘health technologies’ refers to medical devices, assistive devices, and eHealth solutions. In this context, ‘medical devices’ cover medical equipment and instruments, in vitro diagnostics and imaging devices as well as assistive devices and related health technologies excluding clinical procedures, medicinal products, vaccines, biological therapeutic products, or tissue-engineered medical products. ‘Assistive devices’ cover any piece of equipment or product, whether it is acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities/functional loss. 'eHealth solutions' refer to the use of information and communication technologies including electronic and communication devices and applications (such as telemedicine; mobile applications for surveillance, telehealth, diagnostics, appointment reminders; etc.) in support of health systems and services. All eHealth applications should conform to the existing standards.

Innovative health technologies in this context include:
  • New products or applications;
  • Products or applications which have been commercialized for less than 5 years in high-resource settings but have not yet been widely used in low- and middle-resource settings;
  • Non- health products or applications that have recently been adapted for a health purpose;
  • Products available in low-resource settings for less than 5 years but not yet widely used.

Contributors to the previous compendium series whose technology advanced from ‘under development’ status to launched product are encouraged to submit their updated entry.