Policy & Strategy

Working collaboratively with clinicians, eHealth professionals and policy interests, the Strategy workstream is building and developing the eHealth vision.

In doing this there has to be an awareness not only of the needs of NHS Scotland but also what innovative use of technology can deliver.

The workstream develops the eHealth strategy and associated plans, and evaluates the feasibility of new ideas taking proposed projects from initial concept development to the point where project initiation can be approved.

Thereafter there is a continuing responsibility to evaluate the progress and results of projects to ensure they remain aligned with the strategic direction.

Information Governance

Information Governanace is a key issue for all NHS organisations and its key partners. IG is fundamental to the effective delivery of health sevices, particularly as the service moves towards the introduction of electronic systems, including the electronic health record.

Without effective and trusted arrangements for handling personal identifiable information and other sensitive data, the ability of NHSScotland to function would be severely compromised.

The eHealth Strategy Division supports high quality healthcare by promoting the safe, effective and appropriate use of information in NHSScotland by:

  • ensuring the information governance safeguards are built into electronic solutions from the begining.
  • developing support arrangements and providing appropriate tools.

eHealth Strategy

The eHealth Strategy 2011-17 sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for eHealth in 2017.

Six new strategic eHealth aims have been developed which will be the focus of all eHealth activity in this period. They are to use information and technology in a coordinated way to:

  • maximise efficient working practices, minimise wasteful variation, bring about measurable savings and ensure value for money;
  • support people to communicate with the NHSS, manage their own health and wellbeing, and to become more active participants in the care and services they receive;
  • contribute to care integration and to support people with long term conditions;
  • improve the availability of appropriate information for healthcare workers and the tools to use and communicate that information effectively to improve quality;
  • improve the safety of people taking medicines and their effective use; and
  • provide clinical and other local managers across the health and social care spectrum with the timely management information they need to inform their decisions on service quality, performance and delivery.

The eHealth Strategy 2011-17 can be accessed at – www.scotland.gov.uk/ehealthstrategy2011-2017.


October 25th, 2012