This section hosts guidelines, manuals and toolkits to strengthen public health practice.
Advances in technology are continuing to push back the boundaries of disease. Harnessing the power of digital technologies is essential for achieving the SDGs, including universal health coverage and the other “triple billion” targets in WHO’s 13th General Program of Work. Such technologies are no longer a luxury; they are a necessity. This guideline presents recommendations based on a critical evaluation of the evidence on emerging digital health interventions that are contributing to health system improvements, based on an assessment of the benefits, harms, acceptability, feasibility, resource use and equity considerations. This guideline urges readers to recognize that digital health interventions are not a substitute for functioning health systems, and that there are significant limitations to what digital health is able to address. This document can be useful for policy makers engaged in designing digital health policies. Click here to read the document.