February 24th 2021 - February 26th 2021 | Virtual Conference

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Event Agenda

Digital Health & Care 2021 - Day 1

09:30 - 09:35

Chair's Opening Remarks

Pennie Taylor, Health Journalist

09:35 - 10:35

Opening Session 
In our opening session we will hear from a senior representative from the Scottish Government on the important role that digital health and care has played throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

Senior representative, Intersystems

10:35 - 11:35

Delivering Digital Solutions at Pace

We will then take a deep dive into some of the successful projects that have employed digital technology to ensure the continued delivery of health and social care services since March 2020.

Dr Lesley Holdsworth, Clinical Lead for Digital Health & Care, Scottish Government

Chaloner Chute, Chief Technology Officer, Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre

Dr Rhonda Collins, Chief Nursing Officer, Vocera

Dr Saroj Patel, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

11:35 - 11:45

Comfort Break

11:45 - 12:45

Maintaining Standards and Quality Assurance 
As the previous session demonstrates, Scotland successfully deployed digital health and care solutions at pace in order to continuing delivery services throughout the pandemic. It is vital that lessons from this period are captured, particularly when it comes to examining standards and quality assurance.

Alyson Scurfield, Chief Executive, TSA

Yvonne Leathley, Improvement Adviser, Care Inspectorate

Ed Clifton, Scottish Health Technologies Group - Unit Head, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:45

Digital by Default?

As a result of the pandemic, we have seen an increased reliance in digital solutions, including digital consultations as the first point of call. With the Scottish Government stating their intention to make such consultations the default position, in this session we will ask: what role do we want digital technology to play in the delivery of our health and care moving forward? 

Hazel Archer, Head of Programme - NHS Near Me, Scottish Government

Dr Azhar Ali, GP, Forth Medical Group

Carmen Paputa-Dutu, Digital Health and Care National Lead, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

Senior representative, Klinik Healthcare Solutions

14:45 - 14:55

Comfort Break

14:55 - 15:55

Leadership Panel

In this closing session we will bring together key leaders from across Scotland’s health and social care sector to discuss the important role of digital technology throughout the pandemic, and how it has changed their thinking on the future of digital. This session will act as a bridge to the 2nd day theme on the future of digital health and social care in Scotland.

Dr Donald Mackaskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Dr Steve Baguley, Clinical Director for eHealth, NHS Grampian and Chair, Clinical eHealth Leads, Scotland

Dr Margaret Whoriskey, Director of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation, Scottish Government

15:55 - 16:00

Chair's Closing Remarks

Digital Health & Care 2021 - Day 2

09:30 - 09:35

Chair's Opening Remarks

09:35 - 10:00

Looking Ahead: Scotland’s Evolving Digital Health and Care Strategies 
Our 2nd day will open with a 1-1 interview with a senior policymaker and provide the latest thinking on the forthcoming Scottish Government strategies related to digital health and care. 

Jonathan Cameron, Deputy Director for Digital Health & Care, Scottish Government

10:00 - 11:00

Supporting Independent Living through Telecare

One of the holy grails of modern healthcare, is the ability to deliver appropriate care within patients own homes. In this session we will examine the role that technology can play in supporting homecare and independent living, with reference to the Digital Care Home Action Plan.

Lucille Whitehead, Business Development Director, Tunstall Healthcare

11:00 - 12:00

Next Steps for Telehealth

This session will examine how the next generation of telehealth – centred on mobile technology and remote monitoring – can enable a transformation in health and social care services.

Professor George Crooks, Chief Executive, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:45

Unlocking the Power of Data Driven Innovation

In this session we will assess the transformative role that data-driven innovation can play in improving the health of the nation - with particular reference to big data, AI and automation. 

Philip Couser, Director of Data Driven Innovation, Public Health Scotland

13:45 - 14:30

Data Interoperability

In order to truly unlock the potential of data, it is vital that interoperability is put at the heart of service design, so that different areas of the health and care sector can exchange data seamlessly. So how can Scotland build a system in which staff and citizens can access appropriate data at the right time and place to improve outcomes?

Senior representative, Intersystems

Clare Morrison, Director for Scotland, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Iain Bishop, eHealth Pharmacy Adviser, NHS National Services for Scotland

14:30 - 15:15

Ethics and Privacy in Data Driven Innovation

This session will seek to answer some of the key questions relating to ethics and privacy. How can we ensure they are given the consideration they deserve when developing technologies? Do citizens need to have a better understanding of who is accessing and controlling their data, and, if so, how do we make this happen?

Dr Ken Macdonald, Head of ICO Regions, Information Commissioner's Office

15:15 - 16:00

Data Security

Another key enabler of data-driven innovation is data security. To successfully harness data, and achieve buy-in from citizens, it is vital that data is kept safe, secure and accurate. So how can Scotland’s health and social care system put security-by-design at the heart of its forthcoming data strategy? 

Eilidh McLaughlin, Associate Director - Information Security and Governance, NHS National Services Scotland

16:00 - 16:05

Chair's Closing Remarks

Digital Health & Care 2021 - Day 3

10:00 - 10:05

Chair's Opening Remarks

10:05 - 11:00

Digital Inclusion

If we are to truly see the benefits of technological solutions, we need to ensure that people have the access and the skills to use them. In this session, we will look at how we can overcome the barriers to digital inclusion, focusing on improvements in infrastructure; the importance of accessible, user-friendly design; and the training that is required to ensure all users have the skills required to use the technology.

Dr Tara French, Technology and Innovation Lead, Scottish Care

Emma Donnelly, Programme Officer - Digital Development, Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland

11:00 - 12:00 

Health and Care in the Wider Digital Environment

In this session we will examine how the Scottish Government’s Digital Health & Social Care Strategy fits with other policy developments such as the new Cyber Resilience Action Plan and Digital Strategy.

12:00 - 12:25

Closing Keynote

Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government

12:25 - 12:30

Chair's Closing Remarks


Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.