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University of Strathclyde
1st Floor, Suite B, Inovo Building, 121 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD, Glasgow (United Kingdom)
The Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) is one Scotland’s 8 Innovation Centres funded by the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Government. We play a pivotal role in inspiring, enabling and combining world-leading industry and academic expertise with service, business and technical innovation to create person-centred digital health and care innovations to positively impact society.
DHI focuses on shirting the balance of care from traditional treatment models through the development of digital health and care innovations that focus on prevention, early detection, post event care and independent assisted living. With our unique and valuable range of capabilities for Scotland combed with core knowledge and expertise built on the foundation of five years’ experience, we operate an effective partnership model, bringing together health and care practitioners, industry and academia to collaborate to solve key demand-led challenges.
DHI is a non for-profit organisation fully funded by Scottish Government through the Scottish Funding Council and the NHS in Scotland. Tasked with addressing the current societal challenges facing health and care services through the use of digital tools and services it also makes an economic development contribution to Scotland and the wider UK by creating opportunities for SMEs and mid cap companies to develop, test and deploy solutions into the Scottish NHS as well as generating inward investment into Scotland. DHI is also a grant awarding body, allocating funding to academic institutions individually or in partnership with industry to take forward academic research and service evaluation as a way of encouraging and supporting innovation as well as creating a credible evidence base that can help secure a route to national and international markets for companies that it works with.
The hub will focus on two main types of activity.
The first is “simulation”. DHI will provide data sharing infrastructure that is integrated into health board, local government and third sector care delivery systems. This will allow participating SMEs to connect to this infrastructure and show their products working within a functioning ecosystem – e.g. being able to upload monitoring data or download clinical record data. Individual simulations will be run with DHI developing ‘dummy data’ based test users that can be used to show how integrated systems work together for real, building confidence in the SME product by showing it working in tandem with health systems and other suppliers. When a simulation is successful, DHI will help the SMEs to attract further funding, using the simulation as proof of concept and route to market to improve the hit rate for funding bids.
The second is “demonstration”. A design, engagement and project management team will showcase services and products provided by SMEs in a Glasgow based showroom. The team will work with SMEs to create co-designed user stories about seamless and integrated digital service delivery and its benefits. In many cases parts of this story will be simulated as per the above section, to help build confidence in the feasibility and route to market. This material will be used with DHI’s partners across public services, academia and industry – to help people form consortia to seek further funding or to take products into trial or operation. As DHI regularly demonstrates these outputs, they will gather feedback and use this to inform and progress SME capabilities – both technical and commercial, while also influencing commissioners to specify digital services that align with these capabilities.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
DHI supports the Scottish Government in its delivery of Scotland Digital Health and Care Strategy and Local health board and Local authority delivery plans. In addition this work supports the UK Gov Industrial strategy.
DHI supports the delivery of the Local Government Digital Office's Business plan, released in October 2019.
DHI also supports the innovation activities undertaken through Scotland CAN DO, to enable Scotland to become a world leading, entrepreneurial and innovative nation.
DHI aligns with the Eye@RIS3 Innovation Priorities identified for Scotland;
- Universities - P - Education, I - Social Innovation, I.57 - Social Innovation to education, skills and training
- Life Sciences - M.7 Scientific, professional and technical activities, G - Public health and Security, G.49 Public health and wellbeing.
- Finanacial and Business Services - H - Service Innovation, H.53 New or improved service products (commodities or public services).
Collaborative partner in 2 Interreg Funded projects: TITTAN : A technology for active and healthy aging project (https://www.interregeurope.eu/tittan/), and NWE CHANCE A hospital at home Project where we are leading the workpackage which looks at developing an Innovation Hub and network of Living Labs. (https://www.nweurope.eu/projects/project-search/nwe-chance-development-and-validation-of-promising-integrated-ehealth-applications-combined-with-nanotechnology-for-hospitalisation-of-heart-failure-patients-at-home/).
DHI is a partner on a proposal which has been submitted to Horizon 2020 - ENCIPHER - ENCIPHER will be looking at empowerment of citizens in relation to managing and ensuring the privacy of their personal data through consent and delegation of representation, and DHI will be providing a test bed for the project.
Market and Services
- Health and social work
- TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
- TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
- TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
- TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
- TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
- TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
- TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations
- Awareness creation
- Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
- Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
- Collaborative Researchs
- Concept validation and prototyping
- Testing and validation
- Digital Maturity Assessment
- Market intelligence
- Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
- Education and skills development
Transforming Gastro services - Scotcap
Client Organisation: NHS Scotland, Scottish Government, Medtronic, Corporate Health International, Highlands & Islands Enterprise,
More details: http://www.dhi-scotland.com/projects/scotcap/
- Client organisation - Scottish Enterprise, Enterprise Europe Network, Scottish Government (TEC Programme) and Highlands and islands Enterprise and over 70 industry partners.
- Client need - Healthy Ageing has been described by WHO as “the process of developing and maintaining functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age”
Healthy Ageing is a priority for the UK Government who have created an Industrial Strategy Fund Grand Challenge on the topic of healthy Ageing which includes over £40m in funding being made available to collaborations between industry, public sector organisations and academic institutes. These sectors needed an ecosystem to enable them to create collaborations to develop proposals for solutions to meet the challenges of healthy ageing and apply for funding to develop products and services
- Solution provided - The Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster (HAIC) has been created and brings together over 200 individuals, to share their interest, expertise and skills to help meet the challenges. The purpose of the HAIC is to
- Share information and support knowledge exchange
- Seek and solve demand led challenges
- Host challenge competitions
- Build collaborations
- Identify funding opportunities
The Cluster has met 5 times to date, and a collaboration is looking to submit a proposal for circa £6m for the redesign of services accross Scotland for technology enabled care, with the collboration involving a range of partners include Scottish Government, Local Authories (x3) and industry partners (x3, including an SME). There will be key role in providing innovative technology for SMEs through an onboarding process, giving SMEs access to new markets within Scotland and beyond.More details: http:// http://www.dhi-scotland.com/healthy-ageing-innovation-cluster/
- Client Organisations - Sitekit (SME), Mydex CIC (SME), Storm ID (SME), CM2000 (SME) and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (Scottish health board).
- Client need - To understand how to use modern, open platform / interoperability methods to integrate consumer and statutory digital systems – to fluidly share data to support health and care service redesign.
- Solution provided -DHI host a Demonstration & Simulation Environment. This space is a physical and virtual environment seed funded by the Scottish Government with leveraged funding from industry, to help integrate digital health systems to support service design for health boards and route to market for industry.
In this case, DHI handled engagement, consortia formation, procurement, architecture development, and then agile project management to integrate digital systems from all five suppliers. DHI facilitated workshops between service user, clinical, technical and academic teams to develop simulated user profiles, to map their current service experience and their needs, and then to use this simulated data, and a common, open data sharing architecture to create a proof of concept, standards compliant, interoperable system that allowed the service-user to maintain control of their own data across the connecting services.
This has led to all four commercial providers maturing their product offering, has allowed them to show their products integrating with clinical systems, and has built confidence in Scottish (and UK wide) health boards / trusts that this type of development is possible.
It has also led two of the SMEs to successfully bid into Innovate UK and other funding streams, yielding just under £1 million in project funding to take the proof of concept to full, live deployment.
DHI has a pipeline of another eight use cases (two delivered to date), with SMEs, multi-nationals, and national charities now also looking to redesign service models through integrated systems work in this way.
(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)
Number of employees
- Regional funding
Number of customers annually
Type of customers
- Start-up companies
- SMEs (<250 employees)
- MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
- Large companies, multi-nationals
- Research organisations
Economic development agency
Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare - TEC Programme
Highlands & Islands Enterprise
Economic development agency
Glasgow School of Art
University of Aberdeen
HAS Technology Group
Corporate Health International
Research & Technology organization
- Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
- Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
- Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
- Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
- Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
- Advanced or High performance computing
- Data mining, big data, database management
- Simulation and modelling
- Cloud computing