Are you a business working in digital health innovation?

We want to work with you to help digital health solutions become a reality

The business of innovation

We can provide support to business project partners throughout the innovation process from initial concept development through to product adoption and integration across appropriate health and care settings. We can support you in getting your product to market with business advice, strategy and planning, procurement advice and collaboration facilitation.

Areas of focus

Our work explores digital solutions that address specific areas. These have been selected for the potential impact they could have in improving approaches to how health and care is delivered and received.


What are effective methods to support the patient to take ownership of the management of their own health?

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Decision support

How can we provide trustworthy guidance to aid decisions made by staff or carers in the community?

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Care in a homely setting

We are living longer and require treatment for multiple long-term conditions.

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Alternative digital wellness

What’s the best way to redirect services away from overstretched primary services and back into the community?

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Emerging technologies

When and how can we utilise emerging technologies towards improving health and care services?

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How it works

The journey begins with an idea or solution that can transform how health and care is provided in Scotland.

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As a Scottish Community Interest Company, the DHI experience has also empowered us in relationships with other organisations, SMEs, the third sector, academics and serving the citizens of Scotland.
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Support we can offer you as a business

From facilitating collaborations to helping you source other funding opportunities, we offer a range of services to help businesses bring their ideas to life.

Strategy advice

All our projects need to be able to demonstrate and meet both the Scottish Government and DHI's innovation pools. Our engagement team will work with you during your initial application to develop your project and ensure it meets the strategic priorities for Scotland. 

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Business planning

We work with small to medium size scottish enterprises who are in start-up or early development phases of their business. Our engagement team can provide assistance to gain support and advice for business development making introductions to the relevant supports, networks and resources to support this growth process. Our commercial service also works with these businesses to mentor businesses to ensure they are commercially ready.

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Market research

We can support your market research through focus group selection and management, user interviews, idea assessment and competitor analysis.

The target market for your product or service can often be a very difficult reach. We have great connections in the health and care industry and utilise these to help identify market channels and product opportunities.

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It is vital to get your product or service known in the industry, and we can help you network with the right people.

As an effective low-cost marketing method for developing sales opportunities and contacts, our specialist knowledge of the sector can help you with introductions within sector, key partner meetings, executive introductions as well as opening the door to international opportunities.

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DHI membership

Our collaborative and engaged community of like-minded members contribute insight, know-how, funding and research to help turn the spark of an idea into a lasting change in the delivery of health and social care.

Our collaborations lead to viable and affordable digital products and services that are brought to market in Scotland and beyond.

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How it works 

The journey begins with an idea or solution that can transform how health and care is provided in Scotland.

Explore our 9 step process and learn how it works.

Have a question?

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about how we work with business. And if you cant find what your looking for then get in touch with our team.

As a business can I be awarded funding?

As we are funded by the Scottish Funding Council we can only award funding to universities in Scotland. However, we can help you find an academic through our link with Interface, an organisation aimed at helping businesses looking for academic input in the development of their products and services.

We also are able to help business with other funding opportunities through signposting, application support and letters of support

As a business partner on our projects you also have access to our services, which include business planning and commercial support - for more information please go to the services section of our website.

Can DHI help me with other funding opportunities?

Yes. We can support businesses through multiple services and can help facilitate other funding opportunities. You could apply for Scottish Enterprise funding and they may help you find potential investors.

For more information please see our funding page in the services area of our website.

Can any business be involved in a DHI project?

Yes. However, the business needs to demonstrate that it has Scottish presence or plans to have in the near future if it is registered outside Scotland. For example, opening a new office in Glasgow by mid-2017.

What DHI looks for in a business?

The business needs to explain how the project will enable a Scottish business to drive economic impact for Scotland. Therefore, a strong business case, route to market and export opportunities need to be described in the proposal.

What if I do not have a business but plan to create one?

If the project team plan to create a new business entity as a result of the project, the plans and progress to date needs to be described.

Who will own the IP?

DHI’s standard position regarding intellectual property is that parties which generate foreground IP and/or project results during a project own what they create; and the business partner gets an option to foreground IP and/or project results owned by the Academic and/or Civic Partner. If another IP arrangement is preferred, this needs to be communicated to DHI.

Supporting businesses

We bring together people and organisations in the health and social care, charity, technology, design and academic sectors to develop new digital health innovations. Our business support services help innovative ideas become real products projects that are commercially viable and deliver significant health and wellbeing improvement.

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Upcoming events

Events are vital to help grow and establish your network in the emerging digital health and care sector. Why not take a look at upcoming events that may be of interest to you and your business?

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