Coronavirus (348) COV ID 19, digital health, and cochrane reviews

5 April, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

With the increased interest in digital health in the context of COVID 19, Cochrane EPOC (Effective Practice and Organisation of Care) has just published a new Cochrane qualitative evidence synthesis (QES) on this topic. This QES, along with another QES from Cochrane’s Consumers and Communication Group, informed the recent WHO guidelines on digital interventions for strengthening health systems (

We have prepared two summaries of these syntheses. Please help us disseminate these to decision makers in your context. The review summaries are available here:

Here are links to the full reviews in open access:

Best wishes


HIFA Profile: Simon Lewin is a health systems researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Medical Research Council of South Africa ( His work is mainly in the field of implementation research, including systematic reviews of health systems interventions; the development and evaluation of strategies for changing professional and user behaviours and the organization of care; and the use of lay or community health workers to deliver care. He is an editor for the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group and the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Review Group. He is a member of the HIFA working group on CHWs:

Email: simon.lewin AT