Digital Health Institute
University of Edinburgh
Glasgow School of Art.
Funded by the Scottish Funding Council and working with Enterprise Agencies
The DHI is about collaborative working to creation digital innovation in
Scotland and focuses on delivery of key areas:
There is an immediate worldwide need that is affecting Scotland:
1. People live longer
2. They live with more long term illness
• People aged 75 and over are three and a half times more likely to be admitted to hospital as an emergency.
• Over the next 10 years the proportion of over 75s in Scotland’s population will increase by over 25 percent – who tend to be the
highest users of healthcare services. (Source: A Route Map to the 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care)
Global health and care efficiency must improve by over 35% to maintain
current standards of care for increasing numbers and requirements.
DHI focuses on the enablement of health and social care integration, and
citizen centric services.
The current systems are not sustainable, so we must innovate and through that stimulate our economy at the same time.
We need to change:
£34.7 billion controlled by the Scottish Government
Around £11.9 billion is spent on health
We need to consider how we INVEST in health and wellbeing
There were 1.65 million A&E visits in Scotland in 2012/13
Equivalent to 1 every 20 seconds.
(Source: ISD Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Times)
300+ NHS Hospitals in Scotland and the demand for those beds is growing daily.
Digital Health as a market
The convergence of the digital and genetics revolutions with health and care are going to be
revolutionary. We will be empowered to:
better track, manage, and improve our own and our family's health and wellness.
reduce inefficiencies in healthcare deliver
improve access, reduce costs
increase quality, and make medicine more personalised and precise.
DHI is aiming to lead in this market and we look to:
Open and transparent working (procurement)
Creating challenge frameworks
Working with key people to develop growth ambitions for Scotland (US & the Moon)
Building trust between all key partners – removing fear and promoting disruption
Creating products that people need, will want and will use
19 Higher Educational Institutions
14 Territorial Health Boards
6 Special Health Boards
32 Local Authorities
>250 Third Sector Organisations
>1,200 High Growth Companies
2 x 3 Star Reference Site Status (EIPAHA)
Leading the Integration Agenda in EU
Leaders in Health Innovation (A>D)
Perfect Test Bed
Key Public Sector Organisation Support
Scottish Government Backing
Scottish Sector Proposition
What is Innovation?
Innovation is not what most people think it is… It is not only creativity, It is not
IT IS a process by which we have the capability to change the world.
IT IS the practical application of ideas and technology to make new and better things
IT IS also about taking risks and embracing challenge
Everybody has the capability to be innovative they just need empowered to be
Set out ‘the challenge’
Come forward get engaged
Don’t be fearful of working with public sector
Embrace the opportunity for CONSTRUCTIVE DISRUPTION
DHI brings together:
Academia to support the research, understanding and documentation of the issues
Patients, Users of Services and their families/friends to help us understand their experiences
Clinicians, Social Workers, Carers, and other public and third sector specialists to understand the
systems and their needs
Industry from the outset of development to ensure scalability, interoperability and products and
services that are efficient and impactful to the user, that are commercially viable.
Building a EU network
It’s about doing it together
“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very
few that we can solve by ourselves.”
- Lyndon B. Johnson
Visit our website: http://www.DHI-Scotland.com
Find us on social media: @dhiscotland