Digital health literacy

Role this area should play in the mHealth space

“Learning” of individuals and teams will play a crucial role as we roll out mHealth solutions. Therefore, it is necessary to develop sets of skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are needed to contribute. Knowledge areas range from medical, organisational, ICT, standards, to user experience, legal and regulatory issues. Groups of users have reached very diverse stages in this complex landscape. Supporting measures have to reflect the additional knowledge needed and provide efficient ways to extend it.

Current challenges and limitations
Knowledge and skills are evolving at exponential rates. The existing initiatives only cover limited areas in various levels of detail. One of the main challenges is to identify sustainable and scalable approaches to reach wider audiences with specific, tailored offers.
What benefit could this bring to adopters of this innovation?

For the population, health literal individuals, according to the WHO, “participate more actively in economic prosperity, have higher earnings and rates of employment, are more educated and informed, contribute more to community activities, and enjoy better health and well-being”. Higher health literacy is linked with increased participation in health-promotion and disease detection activities and can help to combat existing inequalities.

current HFE paper:  “Reforming and investing in the health workers’ education and core competences is critical to deliver a high quality of care and sustainability of European health care systems. Only by working together, European policymakers and EU countries can develop a common profile for the health care worker of the future, equipped with the necessary skills to transform health care for better patient and workforce outcomes”.

 

How does it contribute to major EU policy priorities? (e.g. EHDS, COVID-19, DTHC etc.)

“The State of the Health in the EU and its companion report highlight the importance of promoting reforms aimed at tackling critical health workforce issues such as supply, distribution and a traditional skill mix, to strengthen prevention, primary care and integrated service delivery.

The European Commission encourages EU-wide activities in health workforce planning and forecasting, to support EU countries in applying theory to practice in building national capacities”. See EC webpage

 

Examples

IC-Health

IC-Health

Approach or solution IC-Health (H2020 project). Improving the digital health literacy of European citizens   Organisation or initiative IC-Health   URL or reference https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/727474   Summary of the ...

The EU*US eHealth Work

The EU*US eHealth Work

Approach or solution The EU*US eHealth Work (H2020 Project)   Organisation or initiative EU   URL or reference http://ehealthwork.org/index.html   Summary of the innovation “Our Mission is to Map Skills and Competencies, Provide ...

European citizens’ digital health literacy

European citizens’ digital health literacy

Approach or solution European citizens’ digital health literacy (report, 2014)   Organisation or initiative EU   URL or reference https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/fd42f9e7-937c-41f3-bf03-4221b2db712b   ...

2020 EC Health Policy Platform Thematic Network

2020 EC Health Policy Platform Thematic Network

Approach or solution 2020 European Commission Health Policy Platform Thematic Network on Profiling and Training the Healthcare Workers of the Future   Organisation or initiative European Commission (EC), Health First Europe (HFE), European ...

3rd EU Health programme

3rd EU Health programme

Approach or solution EU Health Programme 2014-2020   Organisation or initiative European Union   URL or reference https://ec.europa.eu/health/funding/programme/2014-2020_en   Summary of the innovation Health literacy is an important ...

Policy framework – Health 2020 (WHO Europe)

Policy framework – Health 2020 (WHO Europe)

Approach or solution Health 2020: A European policy framework supporting action across government and society for health and well-bein   Organisation or initiative WHO Europe   URL or reference https://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets ...

Policy framework – Health workforce (EC)

Policy framework – Health workforce (EC)

Approach or solution European Commission webpage on “Live, work, travel in the EU, Public Health, Health workforce”   Organisation or initiative European Commission (EC)   URL or reference https://ec.europa.eu/health/workforce& ...

What is on the horizon?

A lot of past and present initiatives with the participation of many relevant institutions in the EU and worldwide exist. However, a feasible and efficient path to large scale adoption is not visible at this point.

 

 

Keywords
Digital health literacy, eHealth, digital technologies, health promotion, self-care and self-management, workforce development