Intersection of digital literacy and health literacy
Submitted by David J. Rosen on February 5, 2013 - 11:41am
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Health and technology literacy colleagues,
According to a fascinating January 24th video interview with Dr. Eric Topol, aired on NBC TV and archived at http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/50582822#50582822 ,
in the near future patient smartphones wireless wrist monitors, and other mobile devices may become the norm in healthcare practice. According to Dr. Topol, this means faster, much less expensive, more frequent patient data, provided to patients themselves as well as to their doctors, and possibly online real-time office visits done remotely, with patient and doctor looking at the data together. Dr Topol says patients tomorrow can take ownership of their health, make their healthcare decisions with information they collect.
If patients don’t have technology literacy, cannot use the Internet and mobile devices, and cannot interpret text, graphs and charts, however, they will be left out of these potentially lower-cost and better health care practices
I wonder if anyone in this CoP is working on this problem now, or is aware of others whoi are.
David J. Rosen