The Data Divide – Public attitudes to tackling social and health inequalities in the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted how we all live, work and interact with core services, including particularly healthcare, as the ‘frontline’ in the pandemic response. And there has been a paradigm shift in technology adoption during the pandemic. The public has increased their use of technology, as emergency measures have forced society and the economy to become more reliant on, and mediated by digital technologies and data infrastructures.

The evidence base increasingly demonstrates that some people and groups have been ‘left behind’ with health and social inequalities exacerbated. As part of a partnership with the Health Foundation exploring how the accelerated adoption of data-driven technologies and systems during the pandemic may have affected inequalities, the Ada Lovelace Institute commissioned Survation to conduct a telephone-based, nationally representative survey of 2,023 UK British adults, to explore public attitudes towards a range of technologies deployed during the COVID-19 pandemic for health outcomes, including mental and physical-health apps, symptom-tracking apps, digital contact-tracing apps and vaccine passports. This report summarises the findings of the survey.

Find the report and more information here. 

Policy & Policy Analysis, Research
Communicable diseases, Digital, ehealth and mhealth, digitalisation, health literacy, Mental health, addiction
United Kingdom

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