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Digital Discoverer Two: Grant Reilly

Written by: Grant Reilly, Marketing, Communications and Events Manager, Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI)

The second in our four-part opinion series exploring what it means to be a Digital Discoverer.

Discover Digital: for your health and wellbeing is Scotland’s first week of hands on, immersive, multi-media experiences where people can experience how digital technologies could improve their everyday wellbeing.

The initiative consists of six free events, open to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. By coming along, you will have the chance to shape the range of technologies used to support healthcare in Scotland in the future. Book your free tickets here (this link will take you away from our website).

To celebrate this ground-breaking initiative, we have asked four people what it means to be a Digital Discoverer to them. The second blog comes from Grant Reilly, representing the Digital Health and Care Insitute (DHI), our Healthcare and Wellbeing Data Lead Partner.

1.       Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a Type 1 Diabetic, Chartered Marketer and communications professional with a passion for branding and creating engaging content that adds value and has a positive impact on society.

2.       Your first memory of being awed by technology

My first experience of being awed by technology was the Nintendo Game Boy, as it was one of the first portable, accessible and affordable kids toys that had multiple games.

3.       Three ways in which you use digital tech to look after your health / wellbeing

I use the UnderArmour Record app (this link will take you away from our website) to track all my workouts on a daily basis.

I use myfitnesspal app (this link will take you away from our website) to track all my nutrition to ensure that all my macros are tracked in line with training programmes.

I use the freestyle libre constant glucose monitoring system (this link will take you away from our website), which links with my phone to get a constant review of my blood glucose levels. This allows me to take responsibility, hold myself accountable and make informed decisions about my diabetic care to minimise/prevent any long-term effects.

4.       The most ridiculous app currently installed on your phone

I have a game called Flick rugby where all you do is kick rugby balls at goalposts to get the highest score.

5.       Which of the Discover Digital events are you most excited about?

It looks an amazing week of free events but I’m most interested in is the Health and Wellbeing Glasgow Showcase. It is a drop in event at the Glasgow Science Centre where you will get the chance to meet and interact with a number of stakeholders with some great new digital technologies.

The DHI are the lead partners on the following event, which will challenge us to imagine the future and what role smart technologies might play in our lives by 2020.

25 Oct, Glasgow –Healthcare and wellbeing data: the art of the possible.

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