WHO calls for eHealth input for developing countries





The World Health Organisation (WHO) has made a call for innovative health solutions and eHealth technologies for low-resource settings.
Medical devices and eHealth solutions have the potential to improve lives, the organisation states. But too many people worldwide still suffer because they don't have access to the appropriate health technologies. 
This call issued by WHO highlights the importance of these innovative technologies towards improved health outcomes and the quality of life.
As reported in the Winter issue of HITE, the Medical Information Technology Team at the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG), led by Professor Antoine Geissbuhler, is an example of successful transcontinental collaboration. 
The HUG team has successfully co-ordinated the RAFT Project – a telemedicine network functioning in fifteen countries in Francophone Africa. The aim is to facilitate healthcare professional learning in remote areas and develop tele-consultation, while facilitates the interpretation of radiology images. 
WHO aims to raise awareness of the pressing need for appropriate design solutions. The Compendium series was initiated to encourage a dialogue between stakeholders and stimulate further development and technology dissemination. 
The annual publication serves as a neutral platform to introduce health technologies and eHealth solutions that have the potential to improve health outcomes or to offer a solution to an unmet medical need. The Compendium series specifically focuses on showcasing innovative technologies that are not yet widely available in under-resourced regions. It is designed to help developing countries becoming aware of appropriate health technologies and eHealth solutions in support of their environment.