Connecting with the Community: Digital Access and Digital Health
As health care evolves to embrace technological innovations, digital access (to the internet, technology and devices to use, and skills to use them) has become one of the newest social determinants of health.
The digital divide is the gap between those who have access and those who do not, and it affects individuals everywhere.
The uptake of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on the issue, but individuals who lack digital access have faced a wide range of challenges: using the internet to find providers, support groups, and quality health information; scheduling appointments, and filling prescriptions; using remote monitoring technology; and more.
Hear from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance about the state of the digital divide in the U.S. and their critical work to create digital inclusion practitioners and advocates, pursue policy changes, and increase community strategies related to digital inclusion and equity.
Duquesne University will also share information on their efforts to use digital health tools and to educate students and faculty about digital health.
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