Digital Health and Care review of 2018

Section: DigitalType: News Item Date Published: 7th January 2019

Our Digital Health and Care team review activities over 2018 for our annual report.

In 2018, our Digital Health and Care (DHC) team focused its efforts on championing the voice of lived experience and bringing it into new DHC developments and strategy.

We created a series of eight short films to showcase the potential benefits of digital technology in health and care. These are real stories, as told by real people. They cover various topics, such as GP video consultations, self-management of diabetes, communications support and more – all through innovative digital tools and everyday devices.

In September, we partnered up with SCVO, CCPS and VHS to run a collaborative event where almost 100 delegates discussed how the third sector can help achieve the ambitions in Scotland’s new Digital Health and Social Care Strategy (this link will take you away from our website). A snapshot of the day and some follow up steps that are now being progressed as highlighted by Zahid Deen in his opinion piece.

To support the participation of the general public in digital health and care solutions, in October we organised Scotland’s first week of hands on, immersive, multi-media experiences where people of all backgrounds and ages could experience how digital technologies could improve their everyday wellbeing: ‘Discover Digital: for your health and wellbeing’.

Between 21-26 October 2018, we asked the public to imagine how they might live better and healthier with the help of technology. From everyday tools to apps and specialist tech, our events aimed to help people discover how Scotland’s healthcare is going and meet the innovators that make it all possible.  The week launched in Dundee on the 21st October, as part of the Dundee Science Festival and continued in Glasgow with four further events to explore the ways in which technology can support people with their health and wellbeing. The ALLIANCE developed Discover Digital: for your health and wellbeing in partnership with the Scottish Government, NHS 24, NHS NSS and BCS Health & Care Scotland.

We also secured additional funding for the Our GP project to further develop its co-designed GP digital solutions. We collaborated with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to build the Our GP ‘Personal Profile’ digital solution into their proof of concept ‘health and social care portal’ and we worked directly with people and staff to test the solution in several ‘deep-end’ GP practices in Glasgow.

Towards the end of the year, we ran several workshops with people who use telecare services for a new project which is exploring how an innovative digital solution (being developed by the company Communicare) could be used to better support independent living at home.

Keep an eye on our web pages or Twitter (this link will take you away from our website) to keep up to date and for details on any upcoming opportunities to help shape digital health and care innovation in Scotland.

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