Digital Health

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Digital health refers to the use of information and communications technologies in health management to promote physical and mental wellness.

According to Health Canada, digital health can increase access to health information, facilitate more timely diagnoses and treatments, and improve access to care for patients.

On this and related pages, you will find a range of resources that can support you and your loved ones in managing health using digital tools.

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Mr. Surendra Handa is a dedicated family man, a retired business owner, an active leader in the Surrey community, and an advocate for South Asian seniors and newcomers. Mr. Handa actively participated in iCON’s Train the Trainer program, teaching our digital health curriculum in his community.

Mr. Handa says “It has given me the ability to seek, find, understand and identify the quality of health information, to check the credibility and content of health information from digital technology and share the knowledge gained through the training through Train the Trainer Program of iCON UBC.”

Digital Health Curriculum

Here you will discover self-guided digital health literacy resources. This digital tool will help you connect with family, friends, or even a medical provider.

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Digital Health Tips and Tools

Tips on choosing digital apps that can improve health through improving fitness, meditation, deep breathing, tracking calories, etc. In English; pdf infographic

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What is eHealth?

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HealthLink BC – 811

Free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line

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Healthy Apps for You!

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Do I need to install a program on my computer to use Zoom?

It is possible to use Zoom to join a meeting without installing a program on your computer. However, if you are using Zoom on your smart phone or tablet, you will need to download an app.

To learn more about Zoom, click here to view our step-by-step resources: Digital Health Curriculum

What do the different endings in the website links tell me? What is the difference between ".com" ".edu" ".org" etc.?

The ending to a website link tells you about what type of organization has created the website. Generally, “.edu” means the website is affiliated with a university or other educational organization. “.org” means the website is affiliated with a not-for-profit organization. “.com” can be used by any websites, and does not ensure that the organization has been verified. You can use this as a clue to understand what type of organization has published the website you are looking at.

To learn more about identifying high-quality information online, click here to view our step-by-step resources: Digital Health Curriculum

Why should I consider using virtual care? What can be done using virtual care vs. an in-person appointment?

Virtual care has many benefits that can make it a complement to in-person care, such as easy access, shorter wait times, and decreased patient exposure to potential health risks. However, there are some health conditions and symptoms that require in-person care, such as health emergencies. It is also helpful to see the same healthcare provider for a long term patient-provider relationship, rather than using drop-in online services for all of your health needs, as these services do not necessarily share patient information. Your healthcare provider can help you to determine whether virtual care, in-person care, or a combination of the two would be the best fit for your health needs.

To learn more about virtual care, click here to view our step-by-step resources: Digital Health Curriculum


What are our participants and trainers saying about our Digital Health resources and tools?

In response to What is the most important thing you learned in the session(s)?, one participant said: “Using the Internet to manage health and help my family, knowing which Internet health content is fake, and learning how to precisely find health websites and obtain accurate information, in order to manage my health well.”

In response to What did you like most about the session(s)?, one participant said: “1. The teacher taught very concisely. 2. Lots of pictures with text. Taught us step by step of how to find information online. 3. During group breakout, we communicated with each other.”

One trainer commented: “Actually I would like to thank you for designing this project. It’s such a valuable topic in a very right time that everyone as I’ve said needs this technology to be able to connect with their care provider virtually to make sure they have accessed valid information and also to make sure that they are comfortable using Zoom.”

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