“Health & Digital: Reducing Inequalities, Improving Society” reports how Tinder Foundation and NHS England target health inequality through digital literacy
The United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) and Tinder Foundation released their new report: “Health & Digital: Reducing Inequalities, Improving Society” which analyzes the benefits of tackling health inequality through increased digital literacy. The report contains a detailed assessment of the achievements of their mutual program “Widening Digital Participation” on its third anniversary.
The Widening Digital Participation initiative recognizes that there is a relation between health inequality and digital inequalities, so it adopts an integral approach that consists in teaching people how to take advantage of information technologies to access health services. The project has so far provided training to more than 220,000 people to use digital health resources and has reached over 380,000 people with messages promoting the use of digital tools. Currently more than 8,000 volunteers have supported the implementation of the program.
Most of the beneficiaries include seniors, persons with poor educational attainment and unemployed individuals. Around 59% of these expressed feeling more confident managing their health services with digital tools after the program. According to Lord Jim Knight, chairman of Tinder Foundation, the program empowers users with low digital skills to access online services such as ordering prescriptions, while receiving more efficient healthcare and getting more value out of their taxes.
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