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Breathe Easy, with BIG data!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Breathe Easy, with BIG data!

The Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) is leading a new collaborative Next Generation Asthma Care project.

The innovative project aims to use next generation technology, service re-design and citizen-generated data, to drive improved, meaningful and sustainable models of care that focus on positive impacts for the patient.

People with Asthma and health professionals will be invited to workshops to co-design new approaches, interventions and ideas that explore how asthma care might be delivered in the future.

Project success depends upon:

  1. The development of next generation technology (such as those being developed in another collaborative project being led by DHI and Edinburgh Napier University)
  2. Achieving a detailed understanding of what restricts and influences the scalable adoption of these new innovative solutions
  3. Building a trust relationship between patients and health professionals when digitally sharing personal data

The Digital Health & Care Institute has a great deal of experience in leading and collaborating with organisations to achieve these project outcomes. The aim is to transform the way asthma data is captured, analysed and interpreted to produce solutions that will predict the likelihood of asthma attacks; aid clinical decision making; and drive better targeting of healthcare resources. The benefits of this for an individual is a better quality of life as their care plan will be personalised to their needs.

The project aligns with a number of UK and Scottish Government policies which aim to put the people rather than services at the centre of health and care transformation.

Professor George Crooks OBE, CEO of DHI, said:
“This is an exciting collaboration that allows us to use next generation technology to develop a service model that will empower and support asthmatics and assist health care professionals to make better informed decisions about an individual’s personal care plan.” Brigitte West, Innovation Manager at Asthma UK, said: "Two out of three asthma deaths could be preventable if patients received basic care but in order to ensure patients get this care there needs to be an urgent review of new service models to support people with asthma and stop life-threatening asthma attacks. There is great potential in using new technology to enable innovation. Collaboration is critical to ensure these new technologies will benefit people with asthma as soon as possible.”

Notes to editors:

About DHI
• Formed in 2013 as a Scottish Funding Council Innovation Centre, the Digital Health & Care Institute brings together academia, the third sector and industry to co-design, co-develop and deliver new digital solutions to the country’s biggest health and care challenges. DHI’s ultimate aim is to exploit the full potential of digital health and care technology to help Scotland’s people live longer, healthier lives and to drive job creation and economic growth through its work.
• Its needs-led approach provides a unique one-stop-shop where the Scottish Government’s healthcare priorities can be explored by innovators across different sectors and communities in Scotland.
• Hosted by the University of Strathclyde, DHI is funded by the Scottish Government, the Scottish
Funding Council and Scottish Enterprise.
• Governed by a non-executive board, DHI works closely with the Scottish Government to deliver
its key outcomes for a healthier Scotland.
• DHI also benefits from an academic partnership with Glasgow School of Art, established in 2013.
For more information visit:
• Website:
• Twitter: @dhiscotland
• Facebook: Digital Health and Care Institute

About Asthma UK
• Asthma UK’s mission is to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma. We do this by funding world
leading research, campaigning for improved care and supporting people to reduce their risk of
a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.
• Asthma UK provides health advice to people with asthma through its website and nursestaffed
telephone helpline. It also funds research into asthma.
• In the UK, 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children
(1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12).
• Every day, the lives of three families are devastated by the death of a loved one to an asthma
attack, and tragically two thirds of these deaths are preventable.
• For more information about asthma please visit