The sickening truth of the digital divide: Digital health reforms and digital inequality.

Stephens, Madi ORCID logoORCID: and Mankee-Williams, Anna ORCID logoORCID: (2021) The sickening truth of the digital divide: Digital health reforms and digital inequality. Journal of Social Inclusion, 12 (2). pp. 57-66. ISSN 2183-2803

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Abstract / Summary

The use of digital technology has become increasingly commonplace within the United Kingdom, with many public services, including healthcare, becoming ‘digital by default’ in response to COVID-19 pandemic and pledged government objectives. Digital healthcare delivery has shown to be a beneficial mode of delivery, yet it is unclear whether the benefits of digital healthcare are experienced evenly throughout society. Individuals from lower income households, individuals residing in areas with poor digital infrastructure, and individuals without adequate digital skills are at risk of being excluded from digital healthcare. It is imperative that the determinants of digital inequality are addressed to ensure that vulnerable members of society can assess healthcare that is increasingly being delivered digitally. To achieve this, stakeholders spanning many sectors should collaborate to understand and address the impact that digital inequality has upon health inequality.

Keywords: digital healthcare, digital divide, health transformation, health equity, health inequality

Item Type: Article
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ISSN: 2183-2803
eISSN: 1836-8808
Subjects: Research > AIR
Geography & Environment > Cornwall
Courses by Department: Academy of Innovation and Research > Research
Depositing User: Madi Stephens
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2022 11:49
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2023 14:47


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