Is digital health care more equitable? The framing of health inequalities within England's digital health policy 2010–2017

Rich, E ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1774-2898, Miah, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0137-674X and Lewis, S 2019, 'Is digital health care more equitable? The framing of health inequalities within England's digital health policy 2010–2017' , Sociology Of Health & Illness, 41 (S1) , pp. 31-49.

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Abstract

Informed by a discourse analysis, this article examines the framing of equity within the UK's digital health policies between 2010 and 2017, focusing on England's development of NHS Digital and its situation within the UK Government's wider digital strategy. Analysis of significant policy documents reveals three interrelated discourses that are engaged within England's digital health policies: equity as a neoliberal imaginary of digital efficiency and empowerment; digital health as a pathway towards democratising health care through data‐sharing, co‐creation and collaboration; and finally, digital health as a route towards extending citizen autonomy through their access to data systems. It advances knowledge of the relationship between digital health policy and health inequalities. Revealing that while inclusion remains a priority area for policymakers, equity is being constituted in ways that reflect broader discourses of neoliberalism, empowerment and the turn to the market for technological solutionism, which may potentially exacerbate health inequalities.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Biomedical Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Sociology Of Health & Illness
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 0141-9889
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Funders: Wellcome Trust
Depositing User: Professor Andy Miah
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 14:48
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2020 02:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/52964

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