A DIGITAL health symposium – featuring the national ‘dallas’ innovation programme – is taking place in Portree on Friday 22 May.
The event, titled ‘Future of Digital Health + Care Symposium’, will be attended by health innovation specialists from across the UK.
Begins a spokesperson: “The symposium will showcase the work done in the dallas (‘delivering assisted living lifestyles at scale’) programme and features keynote speakers such as Eddie Turnbull, head of eHealth at the Scottish Government, and Phil Stradling of NHS England.
“The dallas programme is funded by Innovate UK to develop new solutions to improve the way people live.
“In Scotland, the programme is best-known for having produced the Living it Up website, which is aimed at people over 50 or living with long-term conditions.
“Living it Up offers useful information and connects people with their communities, by showing them opportunities to participate in activities and by enabling video chat with their family and friends.”
Other services that were created as part of the dallas programme include ‘More Independent’ and ‘eRedbook’.
More Independent offers people access to a range of telehealth and telecare services, and allows GPs and other health specialists to prescribe pre-approved health apps.
eRedbook is the digital version of the ‘red book’ that new parents in the UK receive to manage their child’s health from age zero to five.
Symposium organiser, Sitekit, a Portree-based healthcare technology company, is one of the key technical partners in the dallas programme.
Campbell Grant, CEO of Sitekit, said: “The location of our head office has always inspired us to find creative ways to connect people with their family, carers and health professionals, and enable them to manage their health and well-being.
“The dallas programme has paved the way for a new approach to the provision of healthcare.
“It’s great to see so many bright minds joining us in Portree for this symposium, and we hope the event will inspire people to use the learning from dallas in their own region.”
The event is sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, and Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).
James Cameron, head of Life Sciences at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: “This is exactly the type of event we wish to attract to the Highlands and Islands, as we believe that digital healthcare will create business opportunities for innovative companies, reduce the number of unhealthy lifestyles and strain on national health services.
“We are working closely with partners in health and care to ensure Scotland is at the cutting edge of the global digital health market. The symposium offers the excellent opportunity to learn about the fantastic work that’s already been done and discover future opportunities.”
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