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Developing digital health and use of data in Scotland

May 2023


Price: £150 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference focused on the future for digital heath and data in Scotland.


It was an opportunity to discuss priorities for the Data Strategy for Health and Social Care, including the accessibility of health data for both healthcare professionals and the public, as well as support for research and innovation, and improving the security of health data. This discussion took place alongside the launch of the National Digital Health Platform and the Digital health and care strategy.


Delegates discussed how digital services can be used to address waiting times and care backlogs, and improve the management of conditions, as well as priorities for workforce education in digital methods and data security.


Further sessions looked at how digital health rollout can best support growth in Scotland, including attracting investment to the sector, and options for industry collaboration.


Overall, sessions in the agenda focused on:


  • digital health in Scotland: the current landscape - latest developments - key issues - data sharing - implementation of digital health technologies
  • priorities for innovation: key areas where digitalisation could improve outcomes - addressing waiting times and backlogs - next steps for the NHS Near Me remote consultation service - remote management of conditions, including those listed in the Demand Signalling Plan - developing healthcare apps
  • maximising potential: maximising the benefits of digital health innovation - investment, collaboration and skills - supporting economic growth and job creation
  • health data: responsible and effective use - informing strategic planning - improving processes and services - standardised and appropriate electronic health records - data sharing and security
  • the workforce: engagement and empowerment strategies - identifying key areas for delivering efficiencies - priorities for education, training and skills development
  • implementation priorities: attracting investment - regulatory standards for medical devices - taking advantage of collaborative frameworks - harnessing opportunities in the Memorandum of Understanding - supporting adoption of innovative digital technologies
  • policy: future implementation of digital health and data strategy in Scotland

We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Jonathan Cameron, Deputy Director of Digital Health and Care, Scottish Government; Tracey Ashworth-Davies, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NHS Education for Scotland; Professor George Crooks, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre; Professor Roger Halliday, CEO, Research Data Scotland; and Andrew Davies, Digital Health Lead, ABHI.


The conference was an opportunity for the stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from the DHSC; DoH; FCDO; ONS; UKSA; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.



This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materialfs, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda