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Sent: Friday, June 30, 2017 6:56 AM
To: Global Digital Health Network <>
Subject: [globaldigitalhealthnetwork] WHO Call for research findings on digital 
health interventions by 15 Sept 2017 for guidelines

Dear Colleagues,

This is a global call for research finding papers on digital health 
interventions for submission by 15 September 2017. Please feel free to share 
this announcement widely.

In response to a global need for evidence-based global recommendations on the 
use of digital health interventions available via mobile device, the WHO 
Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) in collaboration with 
other WHO departments has commenced the process of developing WHO Guidelines.  
As part of this process, over the coming months, a series of systematic reviews 
of research evidence have been commissioned on specific digital health topics 
noted below.  

We are requesting from the global community any and all relevant primary 
studies that should be considered for inclusion in the systematic reviews.  
This is your opportunity to contribute to the literature that will be included 
in the systematic reviews that will be informing WHO Guidelines on Digital 
Health Interventions. 

The digital intervention topics for the guideline will include:
•       Targeted client communication accessible via mobile devices (e.g. 
health promotion messaging, appointment/medication reminders)
•       Remote client to provider communication accessible via mobile devices
•       Provider to provider communication accessible via mobile devices
•       Electronic decision support accessible via mobile devices
•       Tracking client health records, digital service records (e.g. digitized 
versions of health service registers) accessible via mobile devices
•       Birth notification and registration
•       Notification of stock levels and monitoring of health commodities

The Guidelines will systematically consolidate evidence of effectiveness 
related to these digital health interventions, as well as review associated 
feasibility, costs, and risks, in order to formulate concrete recommendations 
to inform evidence-based investments and prioritization.

Studies can focus on issues related to effectiveness, equity, resource use 
acceptability, feasibility, or resource use/cost-effectiveness, and: 
•       Can be from any setting 
•       Can be both published or unpublished
•       Can include both randomised and non-randomised studies and qualitative 
studies, although we will have a threshold for study quality depending on the 
intervention.  The systematic review team will review all submitted papers and 
determine if they fulfill the inclusion criteria. 

We ask that you please submit any papers you are aware of to by 15 September for 2017 to be considered for inclusion. 
Materials received after this date will not be considered for the review 
process leading to the Guideline. 

Thank you for your ongoing interest in this process,


Dr. Garrett Mehl

Garrett Mehl, PhD, MHS
Scientist, Digital Health Research
Department of Reproductive Health and Research, includes HRP - the 
UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research in Human 
Reproduction World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
Geneva 1211
+41 22 791 4915



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