Summary: The Digital Health Education Collaboration provides up to date high quality systematic reviews of TEL in medical education.
Description: What works and what does not work? These are key questions for all stakeholders in medical education, from students to tutors to providers. Help is now at hand from a newly established multi-disciplinary and international group called the Digital Health Education Collaboration.
The aim of the Collaboration is to provide ‘focused, high-quality, methodologically robust systematic reviews on the effectiveness of digital interventions in health professions education, focusing primarily on evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs)’ [1]. The work has been funded by an eLearning for health professionals’ education grant from the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Singapore.
There are several up to date reviews that have already been published since 2018 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. But this journal may not be familiar to many medical educators.
Examples of recent reviews are
Wahabi HA, Esmaeil SA, Bahkali KH, Titi MA, Amer YS, Fayed AA, Jamal A, Zakaria N, Siddiqui AR, Semwal M, Car LT. Medical Doctors’ Offline Computer-Assisted Digital Education: Systematic Review by the Digital Health Education Collaboration. Journal of medical Internet research. 2019;21(3):e12998.

Kyaw BM, Saxena N, Posadzki P, Vseteckova J, Nikolaou CK, George PP, Divakar U, Masiello I, Kononowicz AA, Zary N, Car LT. Virtual reality for health professions education: Systematic review and meta-analysis by the Digital Health Education collaboration. Journal of medical Internet research. 2019;21(1):e12959.
Bajpai S, Semwal M, Bajpai R, Car J, Ho AH. Health professions’ digital education: Review of learning theories in randomized controlled trials by the Digital Health Education Collaboration. Journal of medical Internet research. 2019;21(3):e12912.

Lall P, Rees R, Law GC, Dunleavy G, Cotič Ž, Car J. Influences on the implementation of mobile learning for medical and nursing education: Qualitative systematic review by the Digital Health Education Collaboration. Journal of medical Internet research. 2019;21(2):e12895.
George PP, Zhabenko O, Kyaw BM, Antoniou P, Posadzki P, Saxena N, Semwal M, Car LT, Zary N, Lockwood C, Car J. Online Digital Education for Postregistration Training of Medical Doctors: Systematic Review by the Digital Health Education Collaboration. Journal of medical Internet research. 2019;21(2):e13269.
Dunleavy G, Nikolaou CK, Nifakos S, Atun R, Law GC, Car LT. Mobile digital education for health professions: Systematic review and meta-analysis by the Digital Health Education Collaboration. Journal of medical Internet research. 2019;21(2):e12937.

This is a superb series of reviews and now we can begin to not only make evidence based decisions about how to use technology to enhance learning but we can also begin to identify the gaps in our current knowledge. Identification of gaps in current knowledge is essential to inform future research and developments. We know it makes sense and now there can be no excuses!


[1] https://www.jmir.org/2019/2/e12913/