Digital health—or eHealth—is the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to improve health. eHealth innovations are key enablers for achieving and measuring universal health coverage. They can reduce healthcare costs to families, improve equitable access to quality services, efficiently link health systems with social protection programmes, and increase accountability and sustainability of health service delivery.
By improving its existing eHealth infrastructure and making strategic new investments countries can accelerate progress towards universal health coverage. Properly deployed, eHealth applications can be transformational, particularly in low resource environments, especially when they are harnessed strategically to deliver universal health coverage.
Used for measurement and accountability, eHealth applications can significantly enhance health policy because decisions are made using more reliable and sufficient data in formats and frequencies that ensure better health systems performance.
When countries have little of their own experience to draw on, support from peers elsewhere in the region can be invaluable. The Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) is a crucial peer-to-peer assistance platform to help countries successfully progress towards universal health coverage by harnessing the benefits of eHealth.
For further information, please see the links below:
Regional Strategy for Strengthening eHealth in the South-East Asia Region, WHO (2014–2020)
- Digital Health Conference in the Asia-Pacific, 6-10 March 2017, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Inter-Country Conference on Measurement and Accountability for Health (MA4Health) 26-28 April 2016, Dhaka, Bangaladesh
- Conference on Measurement and Accountability for UHC in the Asia-Pacific, 26-29 October 2015, Bali, Indonesia
- National eHealth Strategy Toolkit