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Successful third Future of Digital Health + Care Symposium


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We’re looking back on a fantastic Future of Digital Health + Care Symposium 2015, which took place on 21 & 22 May in Portree on the beautiful Isle of Skye in Scotland. The symposium had a record number of attendees and received excellent feedback from all delegates.

The aim of the symposium was to review the Innovate UK dallas Digital Health programme, its aims and outputs to date, and to start to define a ‘life beyond dallas’.

A great line-up of speakers provided insight to the shifting landscape of health and care, demonstrating how digital tech will support a paradigm shift to more accessible, personalised and integrated health and care services throughout the UK.

With plenty of time for networking, opportunities for collaboration between government, academia and industry were cultivated – and we are confident they will be taken forward successfully.

(To view all photos taken at the event, please visit this website.)

Day 1: Networking dinner and ceilidh

Making use of the fact that many attendees arrived a day earlier on Skye, we decided to kick off the event on Thursday night with a ceilidh and dinner. It proved to be a great way to get to know each other and discuss ideas in an informal setting.

Day 2: Symposium

After Sitekit CEO Campbell Grant welcomed attendees to the symposium, the first speaker of the day was Eddie Turnbull, Head of eHealth at the Scottish Government.

Eddie explained the eHealth strategy in Scotland and showed how person-held records and electronic patient records could connect to each other. Download his presentation here.

Eddie was followed by Phil Stradling, Citizen Identity Lead at NHS England. Phil discussed the English digital health and care strategy and the 5YFV, and showed how consent models could enable citizens to manage their own health in collaboration with NHS professionals. Download Phil’s presentation.


David Calder, Knowledge Transfer Manager at KTN and interim dallas lead for Innovate UK, gave an introduction to the dallas programme, and project leads for i-focus, Living it Up, More Independent and Year Zero then each presented their project and its achievements and lessons learned. Marilyn Lennon of the University of Glasgow explained how results and benefits of dallas are being evaluated.



A lively Q&A session that involved the audience asking questions to the panel, resulted in thought-provoking discussions. A full report on the Q&A is currently being disseminated, and will be shared on our website and through other channels.


The attendees then split up to join one of the workshops:

  • ‘Next gen digital records’, Eddie Turnbull, Scottish Government
  • ‘Interoperability and engaging with NHS’, Phil Stradling, NHS England
  • 'Embedding user experience into the development of mHealth', Geoff McCormick, The Alloy
  • 'A business case for digital health', Andrew Chitty, Digital Life Sciences & Campbell Grant, Sitekit

Results of each workshop were shared with the audience. These too are currently being disseminated and will be shared when they’re available.

The final presentation was given by Geoff McCormick, director at The Alloy. He gave an inspiring account of enablers for innovation – promoting ‘out of the box’ thinking to improve the design of future health and care services. Download his presentation here.


To round up the day, attendees were invited to share their 'pitch for digital health’ with the audience. Many took the opportunity to share their lessons learned during the day and to invite others to get in touch to discuss opportunities for collaboration. This concluded the official part of the symposium – although an informal networking opportunity followed in the form of Sitekit’s Highland Games.


Closing the event with an athletic display of mixed abilities but plenty of spirit reminded us of the importance of good health and of the relevance of the work we do 9-5.

All in all, the symposium proved to be a fantastic platform to showcase and discuss dallas’ digital health and care innovations and ensure that these innovations will extend beyond the scope of the existing programme.

We wish to thank our sponsors KTN, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise for their support in making this symposium possible. The symposium was a great success, and we can’t wait to organise the next one!

Next event 

The next step is our Future of Personal Health Records (PHRs) event, 7thJuly at The King’s Fund in London– you can find out more about the event and register to attend on our Eventbrite page: We look forward to seeing you there.


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