Digital Health Literacy: how new skills can help improve health, equity, and Sustainability

2019
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The effective and equitable digital transformation of health systems could have many benefits. People who are digitally health literate – those that can gain and use knowledge from electronic sources to solve a health problem – are more able to manage personal health and care issues. Better prevention models can be developed, and healthy behaviours supported.

However, there is a risk that the most vulnerable people are left behind in the transition.

People with lower social and economic status have a higher burden of disease. They also face more barriers to accessing and using information. Ensuring that they benefit from the digital transition requires action within health and other sectors; innovation within states and companies; the development of professionals and services; and wider improvements in education, and social justice and inclusion.

EuroHealthNet has published a Policy Précis examining digital health literacy and what it means for health equity. It examines what can and is being done to support those most in need.

Publishing Date on website: 
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 16