The Digital Health Divide: A New Threat to Health Care Quality and Cost?
Article first published online: 17 AUG 2012
2012 Policy Studies Organization
World Medical & Health Policy
Volume 4, Issue 2, pages 1–3, July 2012
How to Cite
Nicogossian, A., Zimmerman, T., Kloiber, O., Doarn, C. R. and Stabile, B. (2012), The Digital Health Divide: A New Threat to Health Care Quality and Cost?. World Medical & Health Policy, 4: 1–3. doi: 10.1515/1948-4682.1241
- Issue published online: 17 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 17 AUG 2012
- access to information;
- digital health divide;
- data-intensive science discovery;
- health care;
- information technology;
- medical practice;
Information technology (IT) and the digital revolution continue to transform the biomedical research and health care practice landscape worldwide. While contributing to the dissemination of knowledge and the promise of reducing health care costs, access to this capability is not universal. Many communities, patients and health professionals worldwide do not have access to digital data repositories or even have Internet access. A major roadblock for developing nations is the cost of access and rapidly evolving IT tools. Language and “Internet literacy” are the other two major impediments in achieving access.