Health Care’s Digital Future

With digital tools taking health care by storm, the WHO paused to take stock on its strengths and limitations.

In its new review of digital technologies in global health, WHO provides a new guideline for deploying these innovations.

Digital reminders for vaccination and antenatal care have already had a positive impact, WHO notes—but these technologies are not a cure-all. To be worthwhile, they must prove their worth over traditional means of health care delivery. Some technologies can augment, but don’t replace direct action. Telemedicine, for example, has clear benefits, but don’t take the place of face-to-face visits.



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