What is digital health intervention?

Mobile applications and software are increasingly used in the health field. There is currently a multitude of tools with very different goals. It is often difficult to understand who does what.

To speak a common language WHO has just published a book proposing a clear mapping of digital technologies used in health.

This book is unfortunately only in English. A French translation would be welcome.


Classification of digital health interventions v1.0. A shared language to describe the uses of digital technology for health




The classification of digital health interventions (DHIs) categorizes the different ways in which digital and mobile technologies are being used to support health system needs. Historically, the diverse communities working in digital health—including government stakeholders, technologists, clinicians, implementers, network operators, researchers, donors— have lacked a mutually understandable language with which to assess and articulate functionality. A shared and standardized vocabulary was recognized as necessary to identify gaps and duplication, evaluate effectiveness, and facilitate alignment across different digital health implementations. Targeted primarily at public health audiences, this Classification framework aims to promote an accessible and bridging language for health program planners to articulate functionalities of digital health implementations.