NHS Scotland upgrades data analytics

As part of a wider data strategy, the health service north of the border is to expand its use of technology currently deployed to support cancer care and flu vaccinations

NHS Scotland is expanding the use of a “world-leading” data and analytics platform, it has been announced.

The health body is to deploy an advanced version of the Seer platform, which will also be migrated to a cloud environment and rolled out across the country’s health and social care workforce. The technology allows staff to access and analyse data, with the aim of enhancing decision-making and planning for the allotment of resources. Currently, it is used in areas including cancer care, the monitoring of blood stocks and the flu vaccination programme.

It is a core part of Scotland’s Health and Social Care Data Strategy and the Data and Analytics service for the National Digital Platform.

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Scottish Government cabinet secretary for NHS recovery Neil Gray said: “It’s great to see how world-leading Seer 2 is enabling us to support collaboration and innovation across government and the NHS, providing near real-time intelligence to support decision making, build new insights and enable better outcomes. This platform is just one of the ways we are embracing tech to help us as we face challenges ahead in funding pressures, inequalities and workforce.”

The announcement comes at the back of Gray revealing at the recent Digital Health and Care Scotland Conference 2024 that the Scottish Government will publish an update on its data strategy this spring – with an updated Delivery Plan for the Digital Health and Care Strategy coming in April.

A version of this story originally appeared on PublicTechnology sister publication Holyrood

Sofia Villegas

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