Dr Pieter Peach, a Melbourne clinician and a Croakey correspondent with an interest in next generation web technologies and their potential impact on health, would like to tap the creative intellect of the Croakey readership.
He would you like you to brainstorm around the topic of the digital revolution and how it might measurably impact on social determinants of health.
So belt up, and read on….
Social Determinants of Health and the Digital Economy
Pieter Peach writes:
You’ve just sat down for your early morning flight to Canberra. You’ve put in your earplugs, and then removed them discretely as the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy sits down in the seat next to you.
You strike up a conversation, and for light chatter you get to the topic of economic opportunities in the progressive digitisation of our lives as Australians.
As you know less about telecommunications than you do about your day job, you end up talking about health.
You skip the hospital and doctor focused discussion around eHealth, and you mention potential economic opportunities in quantifying the impact of social determinants of health, and the potential solutions to modify these risk factors.
He says to you, “That’s all very interesting, but give me examples, and tell me what the federal government could do to help facilitate economic opportunities around this.”
You pause, looking thoughtfully out the window as Black Mountain approaches.
• Please contribute your creative suggestions as a comment on this blog, or contribute them here.
(I will present some of your ideas to a upcoming panel meeting with the Minister exploring eHealth opportunities in the digital economy.)
PostScript from Croakey: On a related theme, the Mental Health Association NSW 2011 conference will examine “how the internet is helping improve our mental health”.
The conference blurb says:
We will cover how the internet is being utilised by organisations and what’s available online for consumers and mental health professionals. We’ll put the spotlight on a variety of online initiatives including awareness campaigns, e-communities and forums, treatment modules, web based information and how personal experiences are shared on the internet.
Key questions of the conference:
- How are consumers using the internet to seek help and share their experiences?
- How effective is the information and services available?
- How is the internet improving or changing services?
- Are organisations utilising social media effectively to engage others?
- Can the internet replace face-to-face help from mental health professionals?