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World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Digital Health & Health Education

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Digital Health & Health Education at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine was designated on 21 June 2019 to support the work of the WHO towards improving the digital health competencies and capacity of the health workforce.​

Led by Associate Professor Josip Car​, who is Director of LKCMedicine’s Centre for Population Health Sciences (CePHas), the Centre is working with the WHO to look into how digital health and health education tools, and mobile solutions can be used to boost the learning capacity and core competencies of health workers worldwide. We collaborate across more than 20 universities conducting comprehensive and authoritative state-of-the-art systematic reviews synthesising the evidence for use of digital education for under- and post-graduate education and lifelong learning across all health professions.

A UN high-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth reports that the world will face a global shortage of 18 million health workers by 2030 (of which 3 million are doctors). It concludes that there is a need to improve not just the number of healthcare workers but radically reform their education to meet the needs of patients and populations. Embracing digital education is one of the key approaches that can help tackle this enormous challenge - including severe shortages of teaching staff and inconsistency of education.

The question is not whether to use digital education, but rather how, when and what. The evidence for effectiveness of digital education is, however, nascent, complex, context-driven, mixed and rapidly evolving. Our research addresses key challenges facing the drive for greater adoption of digital education. We deploy rigorous evidence-synthesis, modelling of the latest best science and, in later phases, plan also educational economics analyses. 

This work is important, timely and pertinent to decision-makers, and could have implications for the health of people, in both developed and developing countries. We synthesise evidence as to what works, when, why, for whom, by what mechanisms and at what intensity and cost in digital education (also described as eLearning). Furthermore, we study issues such as assessment/measurement, theoretical underpinnings, learning analytics and other relevant areas.​

Read the press release here

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The official details for the Collaborating Centre can be found here

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