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European funding bid to drive digital literacy

The Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is delighted to be part of an international consortium bidding for European funding to increase digital health literacy among members of the public.

If the bid is successful, the consortium, which includes representatives from Belgium, Slovakia, Italy, Czech Republic and Greece, will develop training modules and videos to encourage more people to use online technology to manage their health.

Dr Richard Pope, pictured, is leading the project for the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN. richardpope

He said: “The use of technology is increasing across the NHS as it looks to provide patients with more flexibility and options about how they access services, manage their own health and get the information they need.

“However we know that many people are not computer literate and, as a result, are not able to use the new systems to the best advantage.

“This bid aims to provide training resources so that members of the public have the skills needed to use these online services with confidence and get the best out of them.”

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has a Digital Health and Wellbeing Programme Board that enables collaborations between regional stakeholders including the NHS, industry, academia, local authorities, third sector, patients and members of the public. It also identifies and promotes opportunities for the Yorkshire and Humber healthcare communities to be involved in grant funding programmes to implementing digital health and wellbeing technologies at scale.

In addition, the AHSN has established a Yorkshire and Humber European Connected Health Alliance (ECHA) Digital Health and wellbeing ecosystem that supports regional partnerships in commissioning and implementing digital health and wellbeing technology solutions.

Further information about the programme is available on this link