HIFA-WHO Collaboration (2) Information asymmetry and assistive technologies

1 January, 2023

Happy New year to all the HIFA community

It is great to fine-tune the health information, its quality, its timeliness & accuracy. Still more important to identify barriers in addition to social media "disinfo-virus". for instance, another global issue is the moral hazard issue due to "information asymmetry" in health practice worldwide [*1 see note below]. The need to sieve information is important but that information needs to fulfill the objective of two-way health communication. Understanding in the right context makes the desired response. Lots of frameworks, strategies & methodologies in the domain, and some innovative & new ideas to gain what is desired. Information assistive technologies are the strength let's work out something through brainstorming on the HIFA platform [*] which is primarily concerned with Health Information.

High regards,

Aijaz Qadir Patoli Dr,

HIFA profile: Aijaz Qadir Patoli is a Doctor at Health Department Government of Sindh, Pakistan. Professional interests: eHealth. draijazQ AT gmail.com

[*1 Note from HIFA moderator (NPW): Thank you Aijaz and happy new year to you and all on HIFA. When you say "information symmetry" are you referring to the asymmetry in access to, and understanding of, healthcare information between patients and healthcare professionals? *2 WHO: 'Assistive technology enables and promotes inclusion and participation, especially of persons with disability, aging populations, and people with non-communicable diseases' https://www.who.int/health-topics/assistive-technology I invite HIFA members to share their experience and expertise.]