WHO/Europe organises the third webinar, as part of a series of meetings called: ‘Decoding Data and Digital Health‘, to explore the challenges and opportunities related to equity within the technology transition.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the development and adoption of digital health technologies. These technologies have the potential to revolutionise healthcare by increasing access to care, improving efficiency and reducing costs.
However, a recent study found that digital health technologies are not equally accessible to everyone in Europe and that people with poor health are among those who have the most difficulty accessing these tools.
To explore the challenges and opportunities of such a central issue within the framework of the technology transition, WHO/Europe is organising an online webinar on the 17th of April as part of a series of meetings called: ‘Decoding Data and Digital Health’.
The organisation, which focuses on data and digital health, will bring together a panel of experts involved in the study to discuss the importance of equity in digital health and the efforts being made to advance it. Methods for monitoring equity in digital health development will also be presented.
Inequalities in access to and use of digital health tools:
The WHO/Europe study, conducted in collaboration with the Public Health Directorate on Data, Knowledge and Research at the Public Health Centre Wales, found that digital health tools are used more in urban areas and by people with advanced levels of education and economic status. Ethnic minorities and those facing language barriers have less access.
To address these challenges, the study recommends finding a common framework to monitor engagement, map inequalities, build digital skills and improve access for people with disabilities or language barriers.
At the 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, all 53 member states of the region adopted the ‘Regional Digital Health Action Plan for the WHO European Region 2023-2030’. The plan prioritises a people-centred approach to digital health development and emphasises the importance of strengthening gender equality and promoting health equity to create more inclusive digital societies.
This webinar aims to support these goals and generate momentum towards a more equitable future for all.
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