We are excited to be able to share with you the news that DHI has refocused its operating model to tackle some of Scotland’s biggest health and care priorities. This e-letter explains our new model to you and how you can engage with it.
Scotland’s public sector, academia, charities and industry need a place to co-design and co-develop digital solutions to some of our country’s biggest health and care challenges. We will continue to bring these groups together, allowing them to imagine and create new ways of working, services and products. Our unique needs-led approach is an essential link between the Scottish Government’s national priorities and the wealth of talent across different sectors and communities in Scotland.
This creates opportunities for innovators, entrepreneurs and enterprises to develop proven, scalable solutions that are commercially viable for use across Scotland and can be exported to other markets. That also helps Scotland to be at the forefront of the growing global digital health and care economy by developing the right workforce, infrastructure and policies to attract investment and new jobs. Ultimately, our work with partners aims to deliver viable solutions that can reduce the pressures on health and care services while also improving the quality of life of Scotland’s people in both urban and rural communities.
Our priority areas
In the coming 18 months we will be focusing on the following areas:
- Stroke Prevention byDigital Atrial Fibrillation Screening
- Transforming Gastroenterology Services through Remote Imaging
- Diabetes Management
- Development of Modern Outpatient Services
- Citizen-Centred Data Sharing
- Next Generation Asthma Care
We are also working with Macmillan Cancer Support on optimising cancer care and the College Development Network to support innovation in the health and care workforce.
In each of the above, we are helping the problem owners to visualise and explore creative solutions, translating the problems into meaningful briefs for industry and academia. We will then match these briefs with the right expertise, capabilities and potential solution providers, putting the emphasis on quality, depth and real-world application. This needs-led approach is a significant change from our earlier work, where our strategy was focused on supplier-led technology and solutions.
We will also ensure that senior public-sector stakeholders and commissioners are involved from day one so that there is direct linkage between the models created and ultimate deployment.
What does this mean for you?
The biggest change is we are no longer seeking applications for individual ideas. Instead we are looking to find out what skills and capabilities academics, health and care leaders and businesses have that can support DHI. This will form a large capability pool we are building, containing all the capabilities in digital health and care. If you have the relevant capabilities for our current priorities we are particularly interested in hearing from you now -get in touch and tell us about your capabilities.
As we expand our activities, we will promote specific funded challenges. We will notify our network as these arise so that you can be considered for inclusion, building consortia to deliver innovative solutions to deliver the required outcomes specified by the challenge sponsors.
We have also changed the way we develop projects. We will no longer use our innovation model of Exploratory, Laboratory and Factory. Instead we will involve partners in earlier stages to help us co-design new service models enabled by technologies. We will then test this model and supported technology in ourSimulation and Demonstration Environment. The environment is a risk-free space where innovators can develop and simulate system service models and technology to demonstrate how they can be integrated and work together. This environment will allow us to develop a technical infrastructure based on data flows that are more dynamic, interoperable and integrated than existing systems with the objective of making them more resilient and future-proofed.