The Scottish Government’s eHealth division is developing a five-year digital health and social care strategy for publication next summer.

“Person-centred health and social care is at the heart of our strategic agenda in Scotland. We are developing a new, integrated digital health and social care strategy that will build on achievements to date and set out future development and priorities,” said a spokesperson. “Digital services offer real benefits to clinicians, health and care workers and patients. [Last month] we began to develop the new strategy and are seeking general views, ideas and feedback. This will inform the draft document which will form the basis for a more detailed discussion with stakeholder groups from early 2017.”

A vision for the strategy says that citizens of Scotland “should have access to the digital information, tools and services [they] need to help maintain and improve health and wellbeing.” There is also be an expectation that people’s health and social care information would be “captured electronically, integrated and shared securely”.

The vision ( adds that “digital technology and data will be used appropriately and innovatively to help plan and improve services, enable research and economic development and ultimately improve outcomes for everyone.”


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