Craven Reboot is a collaborative project led and coordinated by North Yorkshire County Council to help provide people across Craven with IT equipment and access to the internet so they can stay healthy, happy and connected.
NHS England identify that supporting people to get online and use digital health resources can be crucial to achieving local priorities including:
- physical and mental wellbeing
- self care
- shared care and shared decision-making
- long term condition management
- appropriate use of urgent and emergency care
In an increasingly digital world, people who are digitally excluded are at risk of worse access to services and worse health outcomes.
The benefits to patients and carers include:
- improved self-care for minor ailments
- improved self-management of long-term conditions
- improved take-up of digital health tools and services
- time saved through accessing services digitally
- cost saved through accessing services digitally
- reduced loneliness and isolation
And benefits for the health and care system, including:
- lower cost of delivering services digitally
- more appropriate use of services, including primary care and urgent care
- better patient adherence to medicines and treatments
Those who are digitally excluded risk missing out on the benefits to individuals of digital health. And the health and care system will not save money and transform services unless it engages with the one in five of their population who are not online or have digital skills – and are the heaviest users of health and care.