Scottish Government seeks views on its eHealth strategy

Written by Sooraj Shah on 6 June 2017 in News

Government wants to know about successes and failures of telecare and telehealth plans to ensure its vision is on the right path

Scottish Parliament building Credit: Holyrood stock images

The Scottish government’s health and sport committee is seeking views from citizens and healthcare professionals on its approach to eHealth.

The committee said that it wanted to hear about the successes and failures of existing telecare and telehealth strategies and the opportunities future developments might present. It said that it also wanted to explore barriers to innovation in the NHS.

The Scottish Government is also seeking views on its draft Digital Health and Social Care Vision 2017-2020, particularly whether the strategy adequately addresses the future requirements of the NHS and social care sector in Scotland, and whether it will empower and enable innovation and the transformations necessary to keep pace with developments in technology.


The committee hopes that feedback from citizens and those working within the health sector in Scotland will help it to ensure that its strategy is on the right path and ‘futureproof.’

It seeks their views through seven questions:

  1. What do you consider have been the main successes of the existing Scottish Government’s eHealth and telecare/telehealth strategies and why?
  2. What do you consider have been the main failures of the existing Scottish Government’s eHealth and telecare/telehealth strategies and why?
  3. How well does the Scottish Government’s draft Digital Health and Social Care Vision 2017-2022 address the future requirements of the NHS and social care sector?
  4. Do you think there are any significant omissions in the Scottish Government’s draft Digital Health and Social Care vision 2017-2022?
  5. What key opportunities exist for the use of technology in health and social care over the next 10 years?
  6. What actions are needed to improve the accessibility and sharing of the electronic patient record?
  7. What are the barriers to innovation in health and social care?

The health sector in Scotland has been under scrutiny over the last 18 months or so. In that time, the personal data of at least 293 Scottish NHS staff was compromised in a cyber attack against US-based radiation monitoring services provider Landauer. Last January, Andy Robertson, NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) director of information technology suggested that Scotland’s public sector was “scrambling” to stay on top of growing demands for improved digital infrastructure.

People can submit responses via post or email. The deadline is Wednesday 12 July 2017.

Further details can be found here.




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Anonymous (not verified)

Submitted on 6 June, 2017 - 12:55
Headline is wrong: Actually the Scottish Parliament, not the Scottish Government who is seeking this, and it is for a digital health & care strategy not a narrower systems-focused eHealth strategy. Moving from traditional waterfall developments that tie the public sector into long and expensive contracts towards more agile developments guided by user - not IT - needs

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