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Scotland's opportunity

Digital health and care is an emerging and exciting global market with a potential annual revenue expected to be in excess of $1.4 trillion by 2025.

Seizing the digital health and care opportunity

Through our collaborative projects we enable Scotland to seize the opportunity in digital health and care in order to scale its health and care services, meet the demographic challenge and strategically position Scotland as a world leader in the rapidly growing health and care markets.

If we deliver on the ambitious ethos defined in Scotland Can Do, and continue to utilise the digital health and care product and service innovation which is at the heart of the person-centred and health & social care integration agendas, we are confident that Scotland can punch well above its weight in these markets

When successful, Scotland will:

  • Be a recognised global leader in digital health and care innovation.
  • Have an indigenous and flourishing economy in this sector worth over £4 billion.
  • Be constantly innovating and improving health and care services, providing better outcomes for patients and increasing efficiencies in healthcare through the exploitation of technology.
  • Be a thought leader and the go to place for global digital health and care inspiration.

For health & care, we will:

  • Determine challenge areas where digital health and care innovation will have its biggest impact in the delivery of the quality and clinical strategies.
  • Support the professional development of health & care staff related to digital technology.

For digital, we will:

  • Work with Scotland’s digital agencies to exploit and promote the economic opportunities that exist and emerge as a result of the adoption digital health and care solutions.
  • Support the development of Scotland’s digital architecture and platforms that provide the basis for us to become a truly “digital first” nation.

For the economy, we will:

  • Continue to fund the translational research and academic evaluation of innovation for the benefit of business.
  • Work with the economic agencies to jointly target inward investment opportunities and align local business funding opportunities with our innovation model.
  • Fully exploit the domestic commercialisation opportunities by facilitating the adoption of successful innovation at scale across Scotland.
  • Jointly support the cluster management and development of Scottish SMEs with collaborative match-making, international commercialisation support and identification of market opportunities beyond Scotland.
  • Provide and support opportunities to showcase Scotland’s businesses on a domestic and international scale. This will include quarterly themed Ecosystem events, exhibition and demonstration events and an annual high quality international Digital Health and Care Conference.

For education, we will:

  • Work with the higher education and further education sectors to identify and develop learning modules and opportunities for vocational, technical, undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Work with Scotland’s skills development agencies to align the skills needs of this developing sector with the emerging working population e.g. modern apprenticeships, re-skilling programmes etc.
  • Create a focal point for Scotland digital health and care knowledge base, exchange and research.

Scottish Government estimate of the increase in the need for health and social services between 2010 and 2030

Working towards the integration of health & social care

For us to develop better, responsive and more sustainable care models an integrated approach to health and care is required. The Scottish Parliament passed legislation in 2014 to implement health and social care integration. This legislation came into force on April 1, 2016 and  brings together NHS and local council care services under one partnership arrangement for each area. These 31 local partnerships have been set up across Scotland and between them they’ll manage almost £8 billion of health and social care resources.

Working side-by-side, NHS and local council care services will be jointly responsible for the health and care needs of patients, to ensure that the people who use services get the right care and support throughout their care journey, whatever their needs.

The integration transformation will focus on enabling people to stay in their homes, or another homely setting, if possible. The aim is to make sure that services are tailored to meet the particular needs of individuals and local communities. Digital health and care products and services are well suited to support this long term approach to health and social care integration.

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