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The impact of tech on health 

7 May 2024
News 3 min read
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In today's digital age, accessing health information presents a double-edged sword. On one hand, it grants unparalleled access to verified facts, swiftly reaching those in need. But when misleading or false information takes root and spreads it can cause real world harm, posing challenges to health and wellbeing. 

What's the difference between mis and dis information? 


How do we combat this? 

Digital access and digital literacy are crucial. 

We need to provide young people with access to reliable information and safe digital environments. But we also need to teach them how to be discerning in these spaces. 


Utilise strategic collaboration


There’s a pressing need for collaboration between influencers and content creators, media agencies, and governments to make this happen.

How can everyone in this information ecosystem - digital platforms, governments and their agencies - do a better job of catering to the diverse needs and requirements of different communities?

  • Pre-bunking or educating young people in schools about the pathways of misinformation and disinformation
  • Showing where health information is sourced from
  • Building relationships to ensure credible sources are collaborating with those who are creating content
  • Regulating digital platforms to prioritise the public good
  • Uplifting engaging platforms and involving communities in co-creating digital spaces

How can mainstream media and big tech build back trust?


It's so important for companies who hold power in the social and digital space to understand trust is a social determinant of health and that they have influence over that. Repairing lost trust means taking accountability for past shortcomings while not expecting or demanding anything in return. 


How can you spot misinformation? 


Dr Brian Li Han Wong describes a 5C framework:

  • Consider investigating the sources of the content you access.
  • Crosscheck facts - don’t just take things at face value.
  • Curate your own feed – follow a good mix of trusted public channels, influencers, media agencies, etc.
  • Critical thinking – question the content being discussed, discuss it with people with diverse perspectives, and be open to other people’s viewpoints.
  • Communicate responsibly when passing on the information you come across. 
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