The World Health Assembly resolutions on eHealth: eHealth in support of universal health coverage

Methods Inf Med. 2013;52(6):463-6.

Abstract

The World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and three of the six WHO Regional Committees adopted a number of resolutions on eHealth: the use of information and communication technology for health. These resolutions have given legitimacy to eHealth as an area of work for WHO and its member states. The implementation of these resolutions will contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Universal Health Coverage. eHealth has been perceived as reducing the cost of healthcare, improving quality and equitable access to health services.

Keywords: World Health Assembly; World Health Organization; eHealth; information and communication technology; millennium development goals; universal health coverage.

MeSH terms

  • Cost Control / economics
  • Cost Control / organization & administration
  • Global Health*
  • Health Plan Implementation
  • Health Services Accessibility / economics
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration
  • Organizational Objectives*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / economics
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration
  • Telemedicine*
  • Universal Health Insurance*
  • World Health Organization*