EuroHealthNet Annual Seminar: Digital Health Literacy for Europe’s Digital Future // La maîtrise des outils numériques de santé pour l’Europe digitale de demain

Digitalisation is transforming public health, health systems,  and the health information we receive -– as well as how we receive and understand it. How can we navigate these changes in ways which leave no one behind?

Our health and social systems are undergoing rapid digital transformation, sped up by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also have access to more and more information – and disinformation – every day. New digital technologies offer promising solutions to many long-standing health system challenges, such as sustainability and accessibility. They also present us with new issues.

Socioeconomic differences, and different levels of education and skills, can lead to ‘digital divides’ which reduce the uptake of such new technologies, but also their fair and equitable use. If Europe’s digital transition is to be a success, it must work for everyone.

Digital health eco systems need to be person-centred. We should not expect people to adapt to systems; instead, systems should adapt to people. How do we build them? Improving digital health literacy is crucial to allow people to manage their health and well-being, and to reducing health inequities. How can we make progress? Modern technologies and social media give us unprecedented access to knowledge but can overwhelm us with both information and disinformation – especially without the skills to know the difference between them. How can public health actors navigate this new information landscape?

Over three sessions we will explore these questions and more.

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