Launch of WHO Guideline on Digital Health - links to launch video and guideline documents

21 April, 2019

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Dear HIFA Colleagues,

Greetings from Geneva. Thank you for those you joined yesterday for the launch of the WHO Guideline Recommendations on Digital Health Interventions that took place in Geneva and on Webex.

We are pleased to share the news release for the “WHO Guideline Recommendations on Digital Health Interventions” launch:

The link to the guideline documents:<

The link to the full youtube video of the launch:

Description: This presentation provides an overview of the “WHO Guideline Recommendations on Digital Health Interventions.” It details the scoping process, synthesis of scientific evidence, and establishment of ten global recommendations by a WHO independent expert panel of the use of digital technology for health outcomes, that can be combined toward achieving country goals of universal health coverage. The presentation by Dr. Garrett Mehl provides the details of the scope of the Guideline, and gives an overview for each specific digital health intervention as well as the implementation consideration within national information systems and digital architectures.

Additionally, there is mention of the WHO Digital Health Atlas, a free and open-source global platform for technology registration aiming to support and strengthen the value and impact of digital health investments, improve coordination, and facilitate institutionalization and scale among governments, technologists and implementers, and the donor and financing communities. WHO encourages those who develop, use, or invest in digital technology for health to use the Digital Health Atlas as a registry to detail specific uses of digital health and scope of implementations.

The Digital Health Atlas is available at:<>

The sound improves at: 9:00

Presentations by:

Ms. Sara Russell, Panel Moderator

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization

6:10 Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization

8:31 Dr. Ian Askew, Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research including the Special Research Program on Human Reproduction (HRP), World Health Organization

16:53 Dr. Garrett Mehl, Scientist, Digital Innovations and Research, World Health Organization

37:10 Prof Alain Labrique, Director of Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative and GDG co-chair

38:51 Prof. Pascale Allotey, Director of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health and GDG co-chair

39:53 Prof Vajira Dissanayake, President, Commonwealth Medical Association

41:00 Ms. Adele Waugaman, Senior Advisor, Digital Health, Global Health Bureau Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

42:23 Dr. Oommen John, Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute

43:32 Olasupo Oyedepo, Executive Director, African Alliance for Digital Health Networks

44:42 Dr. Fazilah Shaik Allaudin, Senior Deputy Director, Planning Division—Ministry of Health Malaysia

45:58 Mr. Bernardo Mariano, Chief Information Officer, World Health Organization

For more information about the WHO guideline:<> and<>

Apologies for any cross posting. Please share this invitation with any colleagues you feel would be interested.

Thank you.

Garrett Mehl, PhD, MHS

Scientist, Digital Innovations and Research

Department of Reproductive Health and Research, includes

HRP - the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research in Human Reproduction

World Health Organization

20 Avenue Appia

Geneva 1211


HIFA profile: Garrett Mehl is a Scientist at WHO, Switzerland. garrett.mehl AT