NES Digital Service (NDS) was set up by the Scottish Government in June 2018, following the publication of the Digital Health and Care Strategy for Scotland.
We are mandated with three objectives:
- to enable excellent care by making sure health and care practitioners can capture and access the specialist information they need to do their job;
- to provide tools and services which allow NHSScotland colleagues and third parties can build valuable products and services on shared national infrastructure;
- to create the architecture to support key research agendas, better decision making and service improvement.
Central to our work is the National Digital Platform which is the technical architecture which ensures that key things are only done in one way across Scotland such as how people are identified and where clinical data is stored, thus avoiding having to have a different log-in for every system and the duplication of information.
Our multi-disciplinary team comprises people with backgrounds in clinical practice, health and care policy, operations, communication, technical architecture, software development, partnership development, design and product management. With our experience crossing public, private and third sectors we believe that a new approach to health and care technology in part requires new types of people working together in new ways.
We are currently based in the Bayes Centre at the University of Edinburgh. Do pop by to share ideas or just say hello.