February 25th 2015 - February 26th 2015 | Hilton Hotel, Glasgow

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eHealth Scotland Day 1


Registration, exhibition and refreshments


Welcome and introduction by the Chair 
Pennie Taylor, Health Journalist & Broadcaster

Session One: eHealth, improving the effectiveness and quality of healthcare

This session will evaluate the progress of the eHealth programme; considering what has been achieved, particularly in terms of efficiency and savings, and what benefits this has brought. The direction of the eHealth strategy will also be discussed, illustrating how the progress made can be built upon going forward.


An overview of eHealth

  • Strategic aims of the eHealth Programme
  • Development and innovation

Eddie Turnbull, Head of eHealth Directorate, The Scottish Government


Questions and discussion


Keynote address

Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, The Scottish Government


Questions to the Cabinet Secretary


Refreshments, exhibition and networking

Session Two: Breakouts

Through a series of breakouts delegates will have the opportunity to explore best practice and innovations in eHealth. Breakouts will run concurrently and delegates will have the opportunity to attend two of the options available.


First Breakouts


Transition between breakouts


Second Breakouts

Breakout A: Vulnerabilities Intelligence Project

Simon Bates, Managing Partner: Global Digital Transformation, Atos 

The overarching aim of this project was to improve the way public service organisations effectively utilise data and information they currently already hold in back office systems. The intention was to effectively combine disparate pieces of data and information currently held by each partner organisations about vulnerable people and groups to develop ‘improved intelligence’. This intelligence allows for targeted service decisions and the implementation of preventative measures at a strategic and operational level to reduce the impact on individuals in the future, and ultimately enhance citizen quality of life.

Wales - Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council is playing a key role in leading an exciting ‘proof of concept’ project with key partners from the Local Service Boards (LSBs) in Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Caerphilly; including the 3 local authorities, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, and Gwent Police.

An ESF bid was submitted by the 3 LSBs and key partner organisations in September 2012, which was successfully accepted in May 2013. The solution delivery partner for the pilot project was Atos.

Breakout B: Sharing - the Secret of Success

Shona Wares, Regional Sales Manager, INPS

Sharing information between authorised clinicians is an absolute prerequisite for federated working, managing a shortage of GPs or simply extending access to primary care services. Find out how INPS can simplify patient record and appointment sharing safely across the whole healthcare team to improve communication, save money and improve the quality of care for your patients.

Breakout C: Quality Frameworks and eHealth Strategic Aims with MicroStrategy

Robert Skipworth, Sales Director, MicroStrategy

Hywel Moore, Sales Engineering Manager, MicroStrategy

In this session you will learn about the approach which has enabled agile delivery and collaboration between a number of NHS boards.  The outcome: a portfolio of applications for acute, community health, mental health, GP practices and hospital management that support patient safety, effective and person centered outcomes.  MicroStrategy along with some guest NHS speakers will share the progress being made to help a number of NHS boards deliver applications that provide Business Analytics, Workflow, Multi-media and Transactional applications for managers, clinical and general staff.  Targets with “dashboards” and “reports” miss the needs of many staff, hear why MicroStrategy succeeds.


Lunch, exhibition and networking

Session Three: Breakouts

Through a series of breakouts delegates will have the opportunity to explore best practice and innovations in eHealth. Breakouts will run concurrently and delegates will have the opportunity to attend two of the options available.


First Breakouts


Transition between breakouts


Second Breakouts

Breakout D: Personalized precision medicine enabled by remote e-health and diagnostics. Vision or reality?

Eva van Pelt, Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences, Hitachi Data Systems

Data , small and big, personal and aggregated, hold the key to improving current healthcare systems to a more effective and efficient provisioning of healthcare – enabling a more precise and personalized medicine. Participating patients will benefit from next-generation E-health tools more than we’ve known  in the past. Predictive medicine will contribute to managing healthcare provisioning on a bigger scale.  

Breakout E: Health & Social Care Integration: A Collaborative Journey

Neil Harding, Sales Manager (Health Scotland), Lockheed Martin

Scotland’s Health Service faces unprecedented demands at a time of austerity.  We are also in a period of change as Health and Social Integration takes to the fore in support of the Scottish Government’s 2020 Vision. However, through effective collaborative relationships we can position Scotland as a world leader by using the tools available to us in the digital age to provide exceptional, innovative and personal service. 

Lockheed Martin has a long history in delivering effective business outcomes in critical scenarios through collaboration, and we hold the British Standard for Collaborative Business Relationships (BS 11000).

Today we are delighted to share our insight from collaborative engagements across public and private sectors.  We hope you will join us!

Breakout F: Developing Efficiencies and Improving Delivery

Matt Waring, Apple Specialist, XMA

XMA, sole supplier to the Scottish Government’s National Tablet Framework will discuss how solutions from their technology partners including Apple and TotalMobile can help develop efficiencies and improve the delivery of patient care.


Refreshments, exhibition and networking

Session Four: Technology driving progress

Technology has been embraced for its ability to improve working practices and raise the standard of health provision. It is also fundamental to the implementation of the integration of Health and Social Care. This session will explore how eHealth is driving progress in Scotland.


Informatics and Research

  • Increased access to information
  • The role of research 

Professor Andrew Morris, Vice Principal and Professor of Medicine, Director of the Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh


Digital Innovation and Health and social care integration 
Justene Ewing, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Health Institute 


Questions and discussion


Summary and conclusions from day one by the conference Chair


Drinks reception 

Sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems

eHealth Scotland Day 2


Registration, exhibition and refreshments


Welcome and introduction by the Chair 
Pennie Taylor, Health Journalist and Broadcaster

Session One: Patient information

It is argued that patients are one of our most underutilised resources and the ongoing move towards self-management and improved communication between patients and health professionals is a key feature of Scotland’s eHealth Strategy. Underpinning this change in practice must be effective management of patient information. This session will explore the practicalities of patient information management, including changes to data protection law, and discuss the challenges and opportunities that patient access to information presents.


The future of data protection: changing landscapes

  • Latest updates to data protection legislation and what they mean for eHealth
  • Patient experiences of data protection and technology: what can we learn?
  • Sharing patient information to improve outcomes

Maureen Falconer, Senior Policy Officer, Information Commissioner's Office - Scotland


My Diabetes My Way: supporting diabetes self-care

  • My Diabetes My Way interactive information resources 
  • The My Diabetes My Way electronic personal health record 
  • How patients have been involved in designing the service 
  • Utilisation trends and patterns 
  • Feedback and patient satisfaction 

Dr Scott Cunningham, Technical Consultant, University of Dundee


Bringing patients and their records together: rights, benefits and the digital society 

  • Efforts to enable patients to access their own electronic health records in the UK have been underway for around a decade and yet it remains a boutique service, only available to a few. Why has it taken so long and how are we doing in Scotland?
  • The Digital Agenda for Europe specifies that all citizens should be able to access their electronic health records by 2015.  How realistic is this and what are the barriers? 
  • What do changes to the European Data Protection Directive mean for patient record access and does existing guidance need to be updated?
  • Changes in the 'digital society’ are already outpacing these developments. How will we meet the increasing demands of our citizens?
  • Will giving patients access to their records improve relations with the NHS data centres and research organisations wishing to use patient data for medical research?

Dr Claudia Pagliari, Senior Lecturer in Primary Care, University of Edinburgh


Questions and discussions


Refreshments, exhibition and networking

Session Two: Breakouts

Through two breakouts delegates will have the opportunity to explore best practice and innovations in eHealth. Breakouts will run concurrently and delegates will have the opportunity to attend both of the options available.


First Breakout


Transition between breakouts


Second Breakout

Breakout A: Closing the Loop: Electronic medicines communication - beyond a messaging standard

Dr Sam Patel, Consultant Respiratory Physician, NHS Lanarkshire

The ‘Closing the Loop’ Commission was initiated to gain clinical insight and reference into the area of medicines communication between hospital and the community. The outcome of this work did establish some of the pre-requisites for a truly effective messaging standard, but it also revealed the deficits in practices and process that technology alone cannot resolve. This breakout session explores some of the outcomes of the commission and the idea of a single patient medication record whilst challenging the audience to think about what kind of changes to current processes this entails.

Breakout B: Electronic Information Sharing to support GiRFEC

John Barrett, eHealth Programme Manager, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Stephen Duffy, eHealth Programme Manager, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

The Children & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 enshrined in law the principles of ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ (GIRFEC). With statutory guidance to be released later this year on the provision of Named Persons and the Child’s Plan, professionals involved in the care, education and wellbeing of children will be sharing information at increasingly unprecedented levels. This session will look at local success in Ayrshire in delivering an electronic information sharing solution (AYRshare) to improve communication between practitioners jointly involved in a child’s care and consider how the national information sharing vision can be realised ‘on-the-ground’ to meet upcoming challenges.

Breakout C: Infection Intelligence Platform

William Malcolm, Pharmaceutical Adviser, HAI and Infection Control Group, Health Protection Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland
The creation of the first UK Infection Intelligence Platform (IIP) by NHSScotland is an exciting innovation in the prevention and management of infection and confirms Scotland's position as a world leader in healthcare informatics. In this session you will find why this new approach to using information on infection is being developed, what IIP can do for you and what you can do for IIP?


Lunch, exhibition and networking

Session Three: Innovations in practice

In this final session the conference will consider the opportunities and challenges to continuing innovations in eHealth with a focus on improving the delivery of quality healthcare. 


Looking at Scotland’s successes

  • Aiding the provision of frontline services
  • Maximising the efficiency of working practices
  • Improvements and benefits

Dr Paul Campbell, Consultant in Anaesthesia & Retrieval Medicine, NHS Scotland


Person-Centred eHealth & NHSScotland Nurses Midwives & Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP’s) eHealth Network

  • The importance of NMAHPs to the success of eHealth
  • Informing, sharing and harnessing best practice
  • The NMAHP eHealth agenda including the establishment of the NMAHP Leadership for eHealth Programme

Eunice Muir, eHealth Clinical Lead, The Scottish Government


Inspiring Collaboration

  • Collaborative innovation: what does it look like in practice?
  • Opportunities for sharing and learning from innovations from Estonia
  • Co-operation between Scotland and Estonia on eHealth

Raul Mill, Member of the Management Board, Estonia eHealth Institute


Questions and discussion


Summary and conclusions by the conference chair


Close of conference


Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.