The Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) and the Saltire Foundation have joined forces to create a unique opportunity, through the Saltire Fellowship programme. This unique role has been awarded to Dr Stephen Milne.
The Saltire Fellowship is an intensive executive education programme focused on developing the skills and attitude required to build and grow Scottish businesses on a global scale. The partnership with the DHI enables an opportunity for an individual who wants to deliver innovation and transformation across the digital health and care sector. The programme is delivered over three continents in partnership with Babson College, the number one Business School in the world for entrepreneurship. Dr Milne is currently in the USA completing the first part of the programme, which involves intensive teaching at Babson College. Dr Milne will then return to Scotland in January 2016 and work with DHI to progress projects into global markets.
Through the programme DHI anticipates that Dr Milne’s can share his experiences of the healthcare system in the USA compared to our own and assist in our exploratory projects related to outpatients services and redesign. Dr Milne will also help DHI scope and shape the Scottish digital health and care sector’s value proposition, both in the UK and internationally.
DHI and Saltire Foundation chose Dr Milne for his experience in designing, managing and implementing international research projects for commercial product ideas with a hardware and software focus in the medical technology industry. Most recently, Dr Milne received recognition from Strathclyde University, as part of a team of researchers, who developed a device that can help athletes optimise their fluid intake and performance as they train.
Justene Ewing, CEO DHI said: “Dr Milne will be a great addition to DHI and the Saltire Foundation, through his experience of collaborating with a range of businesses, from multinationals to university spin out companies, and his knowledge and ambition in the digital health care industry; he will be an asset to the programme.”
Dr Milne will complete the programme in April 2016. By then the experience, knowledge and network he will have gained will lead him to develop further in the industry both in Scotland and internationally.
Dr Milne said: “I have a keen interest in the business side of the health care industry and joining the Saltire Foundation programme will help increase my commercial knowledge and network internationally. I’m also looking forward to returning to Scotland from Babson College and applying my new knowledge to work with the team here. Scotland is ideal for trialling innovative new technologies with a view to expanding into global markets.”