Digital Healthcare

Digital Healthcare in Scotland - Analysis of key industry trends and technologies.

Digital Healthcare in Scotland is defined by organizations including and Digi Health Care, and by policies including the Digital Health and Care Strategy.

Major policy and technology initiatives include the National Digital Platform and the ambition to achieve a wholly integrated system for Health and Social care.

The Digital Health and Care Institute defines Digital Healthcare as:

Digital health applications consist of certain essential elements such as wireless devices, hardware and software sensors, microprocessors and integrated circuits, the internet, social networking mobile and body area networks, health IT, genomics and personal genetic information. Because of the varied nature of these elements the term digital health forms an umbrella term for:

  • Big Data
  • Cloud Computing
  • Connected Health
  • eHealth
  • ePatients
  • Gamification
  • Health 2.0
  • Health IT
  • Mobile Health
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Quantified Self
  • Telehealth / Telemedicine
  • Wireless Health

The eHealth Division is part of the Scottish Government’s Health & Social Care Directorate-General, and answers to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing & Sport. eHealth Division currently has around 15 core staff, based in St. Andrew’s House, Edinburgh, who are supported by secondees from a range of clinical professions as well as the third sector, with a focus on three key areas:

National Digital Platform

The NES Digital Service was established in 2018 to deliver the National Digital Platform, a central part of Scotland’s Digital Health and Care Strategy. The objective is a Platform approach for building a unified digital health and care service for Scotland.