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How Digital Health Literacy Can Change The Patients Competencies

Florian O. Stummer
Medical University of Innsbruck

Given the need for quality information on CoVID-19, the main place to go is the internet. However, finding, reading, understanding and integrating digitally published advice into one’s life is still a challenge for many help seekers. As health literacy increases year by year, digital health literacy still faces many challenges around the world.

This conference paper provides an overview of the digital health literacy development and use in Germany and Austria between 2019 and 2021, the “CoVID-19 Crisis Years”, grounding the catalytic power of Digital Health Services in Health Service Research. The resulting devastating effects of misleading and fake information led to a social crisis culminating in vaccination refusal, lockdown and mandatory vaccination in Austria.

The presentation tries to answer the question:”Which strategies and methods can help contain the “Fakedemic”?” by reviewing digital instruments like Health Literacy Guidelines, Fact-Checkers or Deep Learning Systems (Bin Naeem and Kamel Boulos, 2021; Dadaczynski et al., 2021; Patil et al., 2021; Röthlin et al., 2017; Griebler et al., 2021; Rowlands, 2021).



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