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Technology is becoming ever more present within health facilities and digital health is a key component in improving health care delivery. As digital natives, young people can bring a different perspective to global discussions on how to best integrate, engage, and get the most out of it so that all ages are able to reap the benefits of a health care system integrated with digital components.
How do young people envision digitization playing a role within a health care system? What needs do they want it to address? How could it best serve them? These are key questions that Devex, working with Fondation Botnar, the Partnership on Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health, PATH, and Women Deliver, set out to ask in order to tap into their thinking ahead of the upcoming U.N. High-level Meeting on UHC in New York on September 23. The meeting aims to bring together heads of state, political and health leaders, and policymakers to advocate for health for all.
In “Health & Technology: What young people really think,” more than 1,500 young people around the world were asked for their thoughts on the intersection of health care and technology. Although limitations in the methodology mean that the results are not representative of all young people and averages mask the vastly different realities of young individuals around the world, here are the four things we learned that could help better explain young people’s views on health, technology, and youth participation.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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