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Volume: 5 Issue: 7
(July 2018)

scotlands health care sector set digital technology revolution key output scotlands devolution process transfer 1999 responsibility operation nhs scotland

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Scotlandís health and care sector set for digital technology revolution

A key output from Scotlandís devolution process was the transfer in 1999 of responsibility for the operation of the NHS in Scotland to the Scottish Government. From a digital health perspective that move created a fertile environment within which digital health initiatives can benefit from the structure of the NHS, whilst operating at a scale that is more manageable than that found in England. With a population of just under 5.3 million and a large geographical area within which health services are required, Scotland puts a real focus on digital health, a policy underscored by the issuance on 25 April 2018 of Scotlandís Digital Health and Care Strategy (the ĎStrategyí). In this article, Matthew Godfrey-Faussett, Partner at Pinsent Masons and Member of the Digital Health Legal Editorial Board and Stuart Miller of, identify the key elements of the new Strategy that will underpin the expansion of digital health usage in Scotland.

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