August 2019 | Issue 43
CEPHAS designated WHO's first collaborating centre in digital health and education

​The Centre for Population Health Sciences (CePHas) at LKCMedicine has been designated the World Health Organisation's (WHO) first Collaborating Centre for digital health and education 

Led by Associate Professor Josip Car, the Centre will work 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.

Associate Professor Benjamin Ong, Director of Medical Services at the Ministry of Health Singapore, said,
“Singapore has always been supportive of the WHO’s efforts in improving the health of populations around the world.

As a Collaborating Centre, CePHaS would be well-positioned to bring like-minded partners and stakeholders 
together, and ensure that expertise and experiences in using technology for education and training of health
workers are better shared with the rest of the world.”

Unlike conventional learning, digital health education offers several advantages, such as the potential to address the increased demand for education and training through scalability, as well as personalised
learning, convenience and flexibility for learners. 

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WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (fourth from right) met with NTU and LKCMedicine representatives 

The Centre will also look into how digital health education can improve knowledge, skills, attitudes and satisfaction as compared to conventional learning.

Dean of LKCMedicine, Professor James Best said, “We look forward to working with the WHO in enhancing
access to healthcare and information through mobile technology.”

The designation of CePHas as a WHO Collaborating Centre runs for four years. There are more than 800
WHO collaborating centres in over 80 countries worldwide working in diverse areas, such as biomedical ethics, nursing, occupational health, chronic diseases, and health technologies.