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

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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. 

Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive, NHS Scotland and Director General for Health and Social Care, Scottish Government

David Hancock, Healthcare Executive Advisor, 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

Dr Nick Hayward, UK Medical Advisor, 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 Macaskill, 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

Amy Dalrymple, Policy Manager, RCN Scotland

15:55 - 16:00

Chair's Closing Remarks

Pennie Taylor, Health Journalist

Digital Health & Care 2021 - Day 2

09:30 - 09:35

Chair's Opening Remarks

Pennie Taylor, Health Journalist

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

In this session we will explore the ways telecare and connected care can support both residents and staff in care homes, during the pandemic and beyond, as well as examining the benefits of building upon reactive services to develop more proactive and ultimately predictive models of community-based care.

Lucille Whitehead, Business Development Director, Tunstall Healthcare

Angus Honeysett, Head of Market Access, Tunstall Healthcare

Jason Sharp, Operations Manager, Park View

Ruth Griffith, Strategic Planning and Commissioning Manager, Dumfries & Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership

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

Dr Chris Carlin, Consultant Respiratory Physician, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Campbell MacLeod, Research Fellow - ScotCap, NHS Highland

Dr Ramzy Ross, Strategy and Innovation Lead for Scotland, Dr Doctor

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:00

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

Jim McNair, Business Development Director, Storm ID

Lucy Fraser, Head of Innovation, Albyn Housing Society

14:00 - 15:00

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?

David Hancock, Healthcare Executive Advisor, InterSystems

Clare Morrison, Director for Scotland, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Iain Bishop, eHealth Pharmacy Adviser, NHS National Services for Scotland


15:00 - 16:00

Ethics,Security and Privacy in Data Driven Innovation

This session will seek to answer some of the key questions relating to ethics, security 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? How can Scotland’s health and social care system put security-by-design at the heart of its forthcoming data strategy? 

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

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

Adam Lang, Head of Scotland, Nesta

16:00 - 16:05

Chair's Closing Remarks

Pennie Taylor, Health Journalist

Digital Health & Care 2021 - Day 3

09:30 - 09:35

Chair's Opening Remarks

Pennie Taylor, Health Journalist

09:35 - 10:30

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

Kevin Evans, Senior Healthcare Lead, Agilisys

10:30 - 10:35 

Chair's Closing Remarks

Pennie Taylor, Health Journalist


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