Coral session ALEC2017: Health Equity in the Digital Age – How equipped are European states and regions for digital transformation?

Coral is organising a session about Health Equity in the Digital Age during the Arctic Light Ehealth Conference 2017

Where: Lulea, Norrbotten, Sweden
When: February 2nd 14.00 – 15.30h

Also check: http://alec2017.com

Increasing digitalisation is penetrating all areas of the economy, society and politics. This is triggering changes that will inevitably have profound implications for Europe’s states and regions. Digitalisation is changing not only industrial production, but also how participation in politics, society and the labour market is organised, and, specifically, how states and governments provide health and social care services, (Buhr et al 2016). This emerging digitalisation poses uniquely new opportunities but also challenges.

This workshop offers a forum for diverse stakeholders working in the health and care sectors to explore the meaning of health equity and inequity in the digital age. What are the effects of the digital transformation on equality and wellbeing in our societies and what should and could be done to address challenges? This workshop focuses on the aspect of equality, and will explore potential policy and practical solutions to make the digital transformation in the health and care sector as inclusive as possible.

The session will combine focused presentations and sub-group working to discuss views and experience and forge consensual findings and proposals for ways forward. Consecutive themes, preceded by focused presentations, will address, in the context of digital transformation, a series of primary questions.

  1. What do we mean by health equity and inequity within our own regions/countries? What are the barriers, challenges and opportunities for addressing inequity and improving equity?
  2. What possible solutions, best practices and policy responses are identified or should be developed and applied?

This 90 minutes session will combine presentations from expert speakers with facilitated sub-group working structured around the above key themes. Following short introductory talks, delegates will work collectively in small groups to share their knowledge, ideas and views to respond to the posed questions. An important objective will be to identify how health equity and inequity is viewed and experienced across Europe and to begin to map how they are being addressed in policy and practical terms.

It is intended that this will not be a stand-alone session but will launch future collaborative working on this vital topic both by the Coral network partners and further afield.

The session will adopt the following format:
1.         Welcome and introduction to the session. (5 mins) Jon Dawson
2.         Introductory and thought-provoking presentation on theme 1: What do we mean by health equity and inequity? What are the barriers, challenges and opportunities for addressing inequity and improving equity? (15 mins) Dr. Eveline Wouters
3.         Structured and facilitated sub-group working to explore theme 1 – followed by brief plenary feedback (20 mins)
4.         Illuminating presentations on theme 2: policy responses, solutions and best practices (3 x 7 mins)
Dr. Rolf Frankenberger
Prof. Maureen Williams
Mr. Peter Bindslev Iversen
5.         Structured and facilitated sub-group working to explore theme 2 – followed by brief plenary feedback (20 mins)
6.         Session round-up (5 mins)

Moderators: Jon Dawson, JDA Ltd, Coral network representative for Liverpool City Region and Eveline Wouters

Key speakers and the topics that they will focus on:

  • Dr. Eveline Wouters, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant (NL)  What do we mean by health equity and inequity within our own regions/countries? Exploring key, barriers, challenges and opportunities for health equity in the digital age.
  • Dr. Rolf Frankenberger, University of Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, (D) Examining policy options to achieve health equity in a digital society.
  • Prof. Maureen Williams, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Liverpool (UK) Examining policy and good practice responses to overcoming equity challenges.
  • Mr. Peter Bindslev Iversen, International health policy advisor, Broen til Bedre Sundhed/Bridge to Better Health, Zealand, (DK) about tools promoting equity in health for vulnerable groups in society.

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