IC-Health – Improving Digital Health Literacy in Europe

IC-Health was an Horizon 2020 project to develop a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) to help improve the digital health literacy of European citizens. MOOCS were developed in eight languages (English, French, Italian, Danish, German, Swedish, Dutch and Spanish). Countries involved in the pilot were Spain, Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Denmark.

Objectives and Methodology

  • Increase awareness among EU citizens of the opportunities of eHealth tools;
  • Establish Communities of Practice on digital health literacy;
  • Shape, facilitate and coordinate and organize the co-creation of overall 35 MOOCs – each one addressing one specific population cohort and being available in eight EU languages (English, French, Italian, Danish, German, Swedish, Dutch and Spanish) by at least 780 EU citizens;
  • Test the MOOCs and assessing their impact on their health literacy, digital health literacy and on their health self-management;
  • Advance the understanding of digital health literacy and of how it can be used to improve health outcomes.

The project assessed the impact of an improved digital health literacy on groups with very diverse features in terms of social, cultural background, level of digital literacy and health literacy:

  • children (aged from 6 to 11 years)
  • adolescents (aged from 12 to 18 years)
  • pregnant and lactating women (PLW)
  • elderly (aged over 60)
  • citizens affected or susceptible to be affected by diabetes (type 1 and 2)

Insights gained from working with these groups allowed formulating recommendations for actions at a bigger scale. The identified population cohorts, along with health professionals, academics and other practitioners, were organised in Communities of Practice and involved directly in the co-creation of the MOOCs content and structure. The MOOCs were thus developed having in mind the specific needs of the cohorts when it comes to digital health literacy. Once the courses were designed, they were tested by the members of the CoPs and by other users. MOOCs use and impact were monitored and assessed in order to ensure their uptake and sustainability beyond the duration of the project.

Our role in IC-Health

EHMA was involved both in research activities for Belgium and as coordinator of the dissemination work package.

For more information on this project, please visit www.ichealth.eu

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727474.
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