What is it?
Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate, requiring both cognitive and technical skills. This includes the ability to navigate electronic devices, conduct online searches, and engage in digital communication.
Digital health literacy exists under this umbrella and relies on many of the foundational elements of general digital literacy. These include the ability to research symptoms, find providers, use a patient portal, and connect with providers during a telehealth appointment. As providers increasingly embrace care delivery in the virtual setting, digital health literacy is becoming essential to ensure patients can access care.