HCA 360 Topic 2 DQ 1
Digital equity is when everyone has access to technology and the internet. What are some barriers to achieving digital equity globally? What would need to happen for digital equity to be possible on a global scale?
Many western countries are starting to offer or even require digital health records to be a barrier of entry for health care. This innovation has helped many of these countries tackle the issues related to digital equity within their own borders. The barriers to achieving global digital equity include finding a way to manage the collection, transport and security of those records, affordability in developing countries and overcoming cultural differences in health record management. Implementing policies throughout a region is a good place to start. Working towards educating people on the benefits of digital health records and ensuring that they have access to Internet access is a next step.
I think one of the main barriers to achieving digital equity globally is the cost. Many third world countries do not have the resources of western countries or have the funds to supply their people with technology that is going to work. Without access to the Internet, many people cannot complete the homework or lessons they receive at school. This can set them back, hampering their chances of leading a successful life.
There are many barriers to achieving digital equity globally including digital illiteracy, and lack of infrastructure. Without more policy support, more investment, digital literacy education, improved infrastructure and access to devices, barriers can not be overcome.
One of the biggest barriers to achieving digital equity globally is a lack of infrastructure resources. Over half of the world’s population does not have access to electricity. Without access to electricity, there would be no way for people to access internet services or utilize computers for educational purposes, among other things. Additionally, with so many people in the world living on less than $2 a day, having the resources and money available to invest in infrastructure is nearly impossible.
Global health equity is an on-going struggle around the world. Digital equity can help to make immediate headway in order to provide medical information, telemedicine and many other forms of medical services using the latest available technology. I encourage that it should be promoted aggressively and many incentives should be made available to make resources available at a low cost or free. However, the goal should be accomplished without disrupting existing public health programs and community based strategies for prevention of diseases.
Digital equity is something that involves government action and support, and enhanced user education at many levels. In the United States, we are seeing the beginnings of e-government services being rolled out from the federal level down to local municipalities, providing more convenient and less frustrating service to citizens. I believe, for example, that as countries like India and China become increasingly digitally capable of providing e-governance to their citizens that this will help to raise their standards of living for citizens. The first world has led this movement toward digital equity – now the developing nations are pursuing their own versions of such programs.
Access to quality education is a fundamental human right with which we are born. As we move forward as global citizens, digital equity must become a reality for the world’s population to have access to quality healthcare and education. Digital Equity must be included in the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Globally, many institutions (educational and healthcare) are moving to a digitally based system. Being able to provide access across the board is a challenge in any environment, but especially when addressing developing countries with limited resources. Infrastructure must be addressed along with literacy and training of healthcare professionals.
Because getting good digital access is very expensive. In western countries, people can afford computers and good internet access
In the health care field, digital equity is becoming more of a reality for many western countries. What are some barriers to achieving digital equity globally? What would need to happen for digital equity to be possible on a global scale?