IC-Health Final Conference- Improving the digital health literacy of European citizens
On 18th October 2018, the IC-Health consortium organised its final conference in Brussels. The event allowed the project partners to share the main results of IC-Health with a diverse and engaged audience including representatives from NGOs, private companies and consultancies, academia, institutions and policy makers.
IC-Health project partners have developed a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) to help improve the digital health literacy of European citizens. MOOCS have been developed in eight languages (English, French, Italian, Danish, German, Swedish, Dutch and Spanish). Funka developed the courses in Swedish.
Citizens’ digital health literacy is an essential element for successful eHealth deployment. However, citizens often do not have the necessary skills to find, understand and appraise online health information and apply their knowledge to make health decisions. Digitally health literate citizens are empowered to play a more active role in their health self management, resulting in improved prevention, adherence to a healthier lifestyle and better health outcomes.
It has been a challenging effort to also connect the importance of accessibility related to digital resources on health information and how to write for different audiences and to present information in the best way possible, combining different resources (text, image, video) and doing it in a context where the final user may be under stress. Therefore, once again we have found a field where digital accessibility is essential for delivering quality eHealth contents. – says Jose Usero, responsible for European projects at Funka.