I am Laura Rooney, Research and Knowledge Exchange Officer at DHI. I have a degree in Pharmacology from the University of Dundee and I recently undertook a master’s degree sponsored by the Scottish Funding Council in Stratified Medicine and Pharmacological Innovation at the University of Glasgow. As part of my Master’s degree I undertook a three month industrial placement at the Digital Health and Care Institute which also formed the basis of my thesis. My thesis was a gap analysis investigating current self-management support services for diabetes patients and the way in which digital solutions can be useful in filling these gaps. I focussed my thesis on the benefits of the interactive self-management platform called ‘MyDiabetesMyWay’ which has proved hugely useful to patients but also demonstrates a manner of best practice for interoperability of digital solutions into the National Health Service.
As part of my work as an RKEO, work alongside our other RKEO Ciaran and RKE Manager Sanna to support the project team, engagement team, commercial team and management to further expand the capabilities of the KE team and support digital health innovations in any way we can. I am very passionate about digital health and its inherent potential and I believe that the development of digital literacy skills and digital participation are key to creating the infrastructure Scotland requires to make digital health a reality on a large scale. As part of my work with DHI I will be completing a blog keeping the outside world up-to-date with current digital health affairs relating to the work the DHI are doing. I am also the interim TITTAN project co-ordinator, working with European partners to share best practices related to supporting healthy ageing.