Health equity and access

Research1 has revealed considerable digital health inequity (or digital divide) in the population groups accessing telehealth due to range of barriers including staff perception, access to communications technology, language, cultural factors or other physical challenges. Strategies to overcome these barriers are urgently needed to ensure that telehealth services are available to everybody.

The COH is working to ensure telehealth services are equitable, accessible and culturally appropriate.

  1. Gallegos-Rejas, Victor M., et al. A multi-stakeholder approach is needed to reduce the digital divide and encourage equitable access to telehealth. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 29.1 (2023): 73-78.