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Next steps for use of data and digital innovation to improve health in Scotland

government strategy | assessing progress | workforce engagement & skills development | regulation & support for innovation | digital infrastructure | key enablers | access to benefits for all

Morning, Friday, 4th October 2024


This conference will focus on the way forward for digital innovation and the use of data to improve health care in Scotland.

It takes place with The Scottish Government having outlined key technological, infrastructure and innovation priorities, including two strategies:

  • Greater access, better insight, improved outcomes: a strategy for data-driven care in the digital age, originally published in February 2023 with priorities for 2024/25 outlined in April 2024
  • Care in the Digital Age, Scotland’s national digital health and care strategy, with a delivery plan for 2024-25 published in May 2024

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on what will be needed if the national data strategy is to be delivered, following delays in delivery of The Scottish Government’s Cloud First strategy.

At this conference, stakeholders and policymakers will examine key issues, priorities and implications for those working in health services and using them, and ensuring ethical data use.

Looking at implementation, those attending will discuss proposals for:

  • developing an Architectural Blueprint for the data and digital health systems required to support Scotland’s services, such as the Integrated Social Care and Health Record, Digital Front Door, and Digital Prescribing and Dispensing
  • developing a National Digital Platform and putting in place digital infrastructure to enable growth at scale
  • expanding the Seer 2 programme to provide NHS staff with enhanced data analysis tools

Delegates will consider how Scotland invests in health innovation, priorities for benchmarking value, engaging SMEs and businesses, and what an increased focus on healthcare innovation could mean for economic productivity.

How innovation in digital health and data use can best be targeted to address current challenges within health and care will also be discussed. Delegates will consider approaches to maximising access for all to health innovation, as well as the way forward for fostering collaboration and engaging citizens and health and social care professionals in the development and integration of digital health and data innovation.

Further sessions will discuss priorities for integrating innovation within the National Health Service and the care sector, looking at regulation and the support innovators will need in bringing products to market, and fostering more integrated working between health boards and care and support providers.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Jonathan Cameron, Deputy Director, Digital Health and Care, The Scottish Government; Professor George Crooks, CEO, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre; and Albert King, Chief Data Officer, NHS National Services Scotland.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • digital health and data innovation: the current delivery landscape - next steps - infrastructure and architectural development - effective change management - attracting investment and funding
  • addressing system challenges: utilising data to streamline care and help address waiting lists - funding priorities - capitalising on advances in telemedicine - options for more personalised care
  • data:
    • priorities for building a smart and connected data ecosystem - Cloud First strategy delays and next steps for implementation
    • learning from the Seer 2 programme - options for integrated patient records and enabling delivery of remote healthcare
  • engagement: easing access to health data for care providers and service users - data protection priorities - listening to patients and data champions to inform future direction
  • infrastructure: updating legacy systems - priorities for an architectural blueprint - the path to integrated patient records - supporting innovation within health and social care partnerships
  • growth enablers: regulatory assistance and sandboxes - data democratisation and protection - benchmarking investment - growing R&D - assessing the role of AI in health service delivery
  • workforce priorities: education, training and skills development - boosting data literacy - opportunities for CPD, collaborative working and knowledge sharing

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from The Scottish Government; DHSC; MHRA; and OLS.

The proceedings of the conference will be circulated more widely, to Parliamentarians, ministerial offices, and government and regulatory officials with an interest in the issues being discussed. All delegates will also receive a video recording of the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Professor George Crooks

CEO, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre

Jonathan Cameron

Deputy Director, Digital Health and Care, The Scottish Government

Albert King

Chief Data Officer, NHS National Services Scotland

Keynote Speakers

Professor George Crooks

CEO, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre

Jonathan Cameron

Deputy Director, Digital Health and Care, The Scottish Government

Albert King

Chief Data Officer, NHS National Services Scotland


Dr David Lowe

Director, Clinical Innovation, University of Glasgow

Layla Robinson

Chief Partnership and Strategy Officer, Research Data Scotland

Roma Maguire

Professor, Digital Health and Care, University of Strathclyde

Robyn Gunn

Head, Laboratory Services, NHS Fife

Euan McComiskie

Health Informatics Lead, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Louise Coupland

Digital Health and Social Care Programme Manager, Alliance Scotland

Dave Black

Digital Consultant, Healthcare, BJSS