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Guide to Digital Inclusion for Health and Care Organisations

Healthcare organisations are increasingly providing information and services using digital technologies - online and mobile. But we risk widening health inequalities because the people who most need healthcare are the least likely to be online (in particular older people, people with low incomes, people with lower educational levels, and people in rural areas with poor broadband connectivity).

'Look online' before ringing GP, says Royal College of General Practitioners

I wonder how good NHS Choices is and whether each country should have its own “health website” or if it could somehow be streamlined. Is there a case for interlinking wit the Medical Wikipedia better so that efforts are not duplicated? Is NHC Choices perhaps already using content from Medical Wikipedia, or vice versa?

Large-Scale Evaluation of Quality of Care in 6 Countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Using Clinical Performance and Value Vignettes

Background:

A significant determinant of population health outcomes is the quality of care provided for noncommunicable diseases, obstetric, and pediatric care. We present results on clinical practice quality in these areas as measured among nearly 4,000 providers working at more than 1,000 facilities in 6 Eastern European and Central Asian countries.

Methods:

Lyon Declaration on Access to Information

On August 18 the Lyon Declaration On Access to Information and Development was launched by IFLA at the World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France. The Declaration that is available at http://www.lyondeclaration.org/ ... I think this Declaration is particularly relavant for HIFA, sharing many objectives therein included... 

Creating health information that really works

'The UK's first practical, producer-led guidance and best practice on creating great health information resources...
... a number of issues appeared consistently across all topics and arguably form a set of overarching principles for creating consistently good health information. These principles include (this list is not exhaustive):
1. Have a clear purpose for the information and share this with all involved
2. Talk to and involve potential users from the start and throughout: 'follow the information user at all stages'

Honour killings in Turkey (9)

This discussion raises the immensely important issue of our own participation in action to reduce human rights abuses such as honour killings or female genital mutilation (FGM). I believe that speaking out to condemn such abuses is necessarily accompanied by taking active steps to stop them. This might be individual action (contributing to an organisation which works for victims, speaking on the media, talking to grandmothers in the local community) or action through our own paediatric association. For example, what is the National Paediatric society in Turkey saying about honour killings?

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