E-health and digital inclusion

Lorna Gibson, David Sloan, Wendy Moncur

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


    E-health resources can deliver demonstrable benefits for quality of care, for example through provision of public health information and access to online communities and self-help groups for those experiencing ill-health. Digitally excluded groups of health consumers such as older people and those with
    disabilities have much to gain from the social connectedness and social support offered through these digitally facilitated resources – yet at the same time are most vulnerable to continued exclusion due to inappropriate technology design and implementation.
    In this chapter, we describe in detail the opportunities e-health can offer in the context of digital inclusion by reducing social exclusion and enhancing quality of life through thoughtful technology intervention. We highlight the problems that may emerge or persist if the design of e-health systems does not fully
    take into account the challenges of user access and adoption. We show how principles of user-centred and inclusive design can be used as a basis on which successful e-health systems can be developed and implemented and offer suggestions for how these principles can best influence design of future systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationE-health communities and online self-help groups
    Subtitle of host publicationapplications and usage
    EditorsÅsa Smedberg
    Place of PublicationHershey, PA
    PublisherIGI Global
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9781609608675
    ISBN (Print)9781609608668
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human-Computer Interaction


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