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Advances in using digital technology in health and social care are showcased in Scotland

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A project designed to improve the lives of people with COPD features twice in the shortlists


Physiotherapists in Scotland rooting for services that have been shortlisted in this year’s Holyrood Connect’s 5th annual Digital Health and Care Awards face a tense wait to hear who will eventually be named as winners. 

The awards – which the organisers describe as ‘Scotland’s premier celebration of digital innovation across health and social care’ – come to a finale at a ceremony at InterContinental Edinburgh the George on 22 February.

The awards recognise the achievements of the individuals and teams working in the health and social care sector whose creativity and innovation continues to put Scotland at the forefront of the digital revolution [event organisers]

There are seven categories, with each having three contenders: digital health and care team; Covid-19 response; data driven innovation; innovative mental health services; technology enabled independent living; industry collaboration; and digital leader.

One of shortlisted entrants, NHS Ayrshire and Arran Technology Enabled Care – TEC posted the following statement on Facebook: ‘Delighted to be shortlisted for this year’s Digital Health and Care Awards Scotland in the category of Technology Enabled Independent Living Award … Keeping everything crossed for 22nd February.’

A service designed to improve the care delivered to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – the DYNAMIC AI COPD Project, hosted by the West of Scotland (WoS) Innovation Hub, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, DHI, StormID – is one of the final three candidates in the data driven innovation category. It also appears in the industry collaboration category.

For more information, visit: https://events.holyrood.com/event/digital-health-and-care-awards-2022/

Are you a leader?

People who lead teams, services or digital transformation in the NHS, social care or third sector in Scotland have until 3 February to submit an application to join the latest Digital Health and Care Leadership Programme.

A graduate of the programme, Ali Howie, musculoskeletal (MSK) team lead, NHS Dumfries & Galloway made the following statement about her experience: ‘The project involved collaboration with IT services and MSK Team to develop Digital forms to collect and store patient information, allow data collection and Audit, and ensure improved patient safety with real time access to patient records.'

To find out more, visit: https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/52507/digital-health-and-care-leadership-programme-dlp

Be an influencer

There is also chance to influence Scotland’s first data strategy for health and social care next week. Interested parties are invited to attend a Zoom session at 1pm on 26 January.

To register, visit: tps://bit.ly/3E6Mkuc  

Scotland digital health and wellness day

Meanwhile, physios can participate in an online event on 31 January in order to find out more about how ‘some of the biggest global healthcare issues’ are being handled in Scotland. The event, part of Expo 2020 Dubai, will highlight ‘Scotland’s world leading research, excellence and collaboration in providing integrated healthcare solutions and sets out the future vision on empowering citizens to better manage their health and wellbeing.’

To find out more, visit: https://www.sdi.co.uk/expo2020/scotland-digital-health-and-wellness-day

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