A report based on research and case studies of good practice in combatting digital health inequalities demonstrates the importance in working with patients who are digitally excluded. The report is the second report by the Patient Coalition for AI, Data and Digital Tech in Health.
In recent months there have been significant Government and NHS changes which are propelling a digital revolution within the NHS. Digitisation is now being heavily prioritised as a way to provide a more effective service and improve healthcare quality and efficiency. Nevertheless, this also means patients who are unable to access or use digital technology, face challenges when trying to access health services, thus, impeding their overall health and wellbeing.
This report focuses on digital health inequalities and the impact that digital exclusion is having on health in the UK. It highlights different reasons for disparities in a person’s ability to access and use digital health technology and provides insights into the severity of the UK’s digital inequalities.