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).
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?
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.
Online information seeking is a skill which some people, including patients, have acquired rather better than others.
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...
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?