WHO/Europe's study, conducted in collaboration with the Public Health Data, Knowledge, and Research Directorate of Public Health Wales, reveals that digital health tools are predominantly utilized in urban settings and by individuals with higher education and economic status, while ethnic minorities and those facing language barriers encounter limited access. To tackle these disparities, the study recommends establishing a unified framework to monitor engagement, identify inequalities, enhance digital literacy, and facilitate accessibility for individuals with disabilities or language constraints. In line with these objectives, WHO/Europe is hosting a 1-hour webinar on April 17th, part of the "Decoding Data and Digital Health" series, to explore efforts in advancing digital health equity across the region. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital health technologies, which have the potential to revolutionize healthcare by increasing accessibility, improving efficiency, and reducing costs. However, recent findings underscore that these technologies are not equally accessible across Europe, particularly impacting those with poor health. The event will bring together experts involved in the study to discuss the significance of digital health equity and strategies for monitoring it.
WHO Headquarters in Copenhagen
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