I am a medical doctor working in A&E in NHS Lothian; a clinician software developer; and 2017-2018 Clinical Saltire Fellow at the Digital Health & Care Institute. I graduated from King’s College London in 2010 with a 1st class Intercalated BSc in Anatomy & Human Sciences; and from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 2013 with merits in General Medicine and Student Research. I completed Foundation Training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London.
While working as a junior doctor on the Robotic Urology team at Guy’s Hospital, I was inspired by the magnitude of the potential impact that health technology holds, and proceeded to complete a 5 month software development course at Maker’s Academy (London) while working A&E shifts at the weekends. I strongly believe that clinicians (and indeed the wider population) need to be technically literate - whether that is programming apps, understanding clinical data modelling or designing frictionless user experiences - to fully realise the benefits of digital health.
I have developed software and web applications for various medical/research uses including a clinical decision pathway and data collection tool for Prof Nick Mills’ Academic Cardiology team at the University of Edinburgh, available at https://highsteacs.com; and a data visualisation tool that was part of a 2018 publication in Circulation, available at https://scotheart.highsteacs.com. I was on the event organisation team for the successful Product Forge Future Health Hackathon in 2017, and a mentor at the Product Forge Public Health Hackathon this year.
I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to work at the DHI - and I have hugely deepened my knowledge and understanding of clinical informatics and digital health policy & practice. I am providing clinical input to the Demonstration & Simulation Environment, where new interoperable digital infrastructure can be linked to existing systems and de-risked - including personal health records, devices and front-end applications - to allow full realisation of the benefits of digital health for the people of Scotland. I’m really excited by the potential for digital health in Scotland to improve citizen care and service delivery.
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