Patients and the public increasingly use digital technologies or mHealth to manage chronic illness, support independent living, and stay connected to care providers. Compared to traditional delivery models, digital health interventions may be more cost-effective and address barriers such as poor access, uncoordinated care, and costly healthcare. However, engaging in digital health interventions can be challenging. Disengagement, inaccessibility, and poor usability are critical roadblocks to adopting and implementing digital health interventions for people with disabilities. This course will start to highlight public efforts to address these issues. This course will provide evidence from studies regarding the accessibility and usability of digital technologies among people with disabilities. This course will then discuss factors affecting patient engagement and digital intervention use and provide examples using various strategies to foster engagement and inclusion in digital health interventions. This course will also share ways to promote stakeholder engagement with digital health in resource-poor regions.
To describe research evidence regarding user engagement, accessibility, and usability of digital health interventions among people with disabilities.
To describe factors influencing patient engagement, use, and needs of digital health interventions for people with disabilities.
To identify at least three strategies to promote stakeholder engagement for designing and implementing digital health interventions.