The group works with a broad range of stakeholders to raise the profile of the sector in Scotland, identify barriers to patients accessing appropriate technologies and provide tangible solutions. It also works to demonstrate the value of the breadth of solutions available to domestic and global health systems.
- Chair - Mark Cook, Medtronic
- Data: Working to create a shared Health Data Space to enable a national, integrated approach to data that supports technological, clinical and system innovations, creating health and economic benefits for Scottish citizens and businesses.
- Innovation landscape: Working to encourage streamlining and creating stronger mechanisms for measuring adoption of technologies with positive guidance. In Scotland the adoption and spread of innovation remains somewhat disjointed between the work undertaken by the Scottish Health Technologies Group and the Health Boards.
- Internationalisation: Working to showcase and raise the profile of Scottish excellence in healthcare with the global HealthTech community, while continuing to build a growing domestic industry, both through export and inward investment.
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Scotland’s health system is fully devolved and hence different to NHS England in many critical ways. It has its own routes for adoption of change and innovation, which also creates an important and unique opportunity for companies doing business with Scotland. Post COVID-19 peak, the desire to return to elective work is creating an ideal opportunity to partner - I am excited that the Group will develop a programme of engagement with both the HealthTech sector, and the wider business environment, to accelerate technology adoption and show how the sector can work collaboratively for the benefit of Scottish patients."
Mark Cook, Director, Government Affairs, Medtronic UKI & Group Chair