WHO releases first guideline on digital health interventions (7)

21 April, 2019

Separating books by the font size of their print is like inability to distinguish between a book, a journal article, an encyclopedia, an atlas, a booklet or a report. They are all called publications. Digital health or better known as eHealth is bigger than mHealth not in terms of “font” but the meaning.

Mobile phone user penetration as percentage of the population worldwide from 2013 to 2019 https://www.statista.com/statistics/470018/mobile-phone-user-penetration... is said to have reached 67.1% in 2019. Does this mean the 32.9 % of the world does not have eHealth or digital health since they don’t have mobile phones? Of course having a mobile phone does not necessarily mean access health data/information (we would love to see information accessible and available to all mobile phone users). Having a mobile phone does not necessarily mean having what is called “smart phone” to allow for connecting to the Internet and using APPs.

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Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI

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Independent Consultant in Knowledge Management and eHealth,

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HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group.



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