Health inequality in the UK is a major problem: people living in deprived wards tend to have a lower life expectancy and be at higher risk of poor health.
People without digital skills are the group already most likely to experience health inequalities - it’s clear there’s a growing need to increase digital health literacy and skills. Digital tools can help people take charge of their own health and make the right choices for them.
While reducing stress and cost for individuals, improved digital health skills can also have huge impacts on the delivery of frontline services, reducing pressure on the NHS through an increase in online transactional services such as repeat prescriptions, online appointment booking and patient access to health records.
Health inequalities account for £20 billion in healthcare costs to the NHS annually
What are we doing about it?
Good Things Foundation’s work is focussed on how digital can improve health and wellbeing, both through ensuring people can access the information and services they require, or through improving their confidence and helping them to access opportunities and support.
Our projects explore practical ways to empower patients to take charge of their own health, developing strong digital literacy skills to access trusted online health advice and NHS services, to make the choices that are right for them.
We believe that informed self-care and greater wellbeing are achievable goals for everybody, regardless of their socioeconomic status, and ones in which digital will increasingly play an important role.
Good Things Foundation Digital Health Inclusion 2 March 2020 from Good Things Foundation