From drones delivering blood in Rwanda, to blockchain health records in Estonia it is clear to see that digital health tools have spread worldwide. But how these systems are being implemented varies greatly depending on the government, region and resources.
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) released 10 guidelines for how countries can use digital health tools to improve patient care. The recommendations advise on everything from how employ digital tools for birth notifications to implementing health worker decision support tools, and using telemedicine to digital health education services.
“Harnessing the power of digital technologies is essential for achieving universal health coverage,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. “Ultimately, digital technologies are not ends in themselves; they are vital tools to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.”