Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is working with one of Scotland’s leading innovation centres to highlight the potential of technology to provide more efficient and effective health and care services in the UK and across the world.
The Digital Health and Care Institute said the collaboration reflected his personal interest in digital technologies to improve and monitor health and well being, and his recent experiences of working with start-up companies in the health, sport and wearable technology markets.
A champion for digital health
Murray’s philanthropic involvement will raise awareness of the institute’s work with international digital health entrepreneurs and investors. He will also promote skills, educational and career opportunities in this emerging market for young people. Murray plans to also work with the NHS across the UK on campaigns addressing childhood obesity.
The player is well known for his use of technology and data to improve his performance on court and has stated that maintaining his own health throughout the long tennis season is key to his success. He is well positioned to champion the digital health message and his global popularity will help take the DHI brand and the work they do to a wider audience.
“The work that DHI are doing is changing lives and solving some really important health and care challenges, at home and abroad, and I am proud to be supporting their work,” said Murray.
Digital technology improving care services
The institute’s project portfolio is worth over £4m and includes over 100 projects engaging more than 50 companies, 15 of Scotland’s Universities, 25 third sector organisations and more than 1,000 members from over 20 countries.
It brings together people and organisations in the public, charity, technology, design and academic sectors to develop new ideas for digital technology that will improve health and care services. Its ambition is to address needs in Scotland and support companies to export proven technologies internationally, creating jobs and investment locally and helping other countries to solve similar health challenges.
Justene Ewing, the insitute’s chief executive, said “Our nation has a clear agenda to boost productivity through innovation and enterprise, so Scotland is the place to be supported and engaged in digital health and care.
Competition to solve health problems
“As a Scot with an international perspective and global recognition, we’re delighted that Andy sees the opportunity in supporting DHI’s aims of enabling dynamic and fast-paced transformation programmes for entrepreneurs to collaborate with the NHS in Scotland, third sector organisations, universities and citizens.”
A key part of the five-year partnership will be an annual competition that challenges colleges and schools to solve a major health problem. The winner, to be picked by Murray and his chosen panel of experts after a two stage shortlisting process, will be developed into prototype and evaluated through DHI’s own innovation processes. Support will also be sought from Scottish SMEs and investors with a view to commercialising the successful solution.