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DHI becomes 1 of 12 European Digital Innovation Hubs based in the UK and 1 of 2 in Scotland

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Grant Reilly

DHI is now part of a network of European Digital Innovation Hubs as part of the European Commission’s Smart Specialisation Platform, having been given status as a Digital Innovation Hub.

The commission set up the network to help industry grasp digital opportunities and will focus funding to support the network of over 300 hubs. DHI is 1 of 12 based in the UK and 1 of  2 in Scotland).

It's anticipated that the European Commission will be releasing funding in the near future to support the activities of Digital Innovation Hubs. and it will also be useful when pulling together any funding proposal or working with other organisations across Europe.

Digital Innovation Hubs are one-stop-shops that help companies to become more competitive about their business/production processes, products or services using digital technologies. They are based upon technology infrastructure (Competence Centre - CC) and provide access to the latest knowledge, expertise and technology to support their customers with piloting, testing and experimenting with digital innovations. DIHs also provide business and financing support to implement these innovations, if needed across the value chain. As proximity is considered crucial, they act as a first regional point of contact, a doorway, and strengthen the innovation ecosystem. A DIH is a regional multi-partner cooperation (including organizations like RTOs, universities, industry associations, chambers of commerce, incubator/accelerators, regional development agencies and even governments) and can also have strong linkages with service providers outside of their region supporting companies with access to their services.

Achieving European Digital Innovation Hub status re-emphasises the fact that Scotland still sees itself as an integral part of European work across health and care and the commitment that Scotland has to developing digital health and care innovations that will bring inward investment to Scotland and allow for knowledge sharing of best practice and the export, adoption and scale of these solutions to our European partners.


Professor George Crooks OBE, Chief Executive of the Digital Health & Care Institute said,

“Becoming a recognised European Digital Innovation Hub highlights the investment that Scottish Government has made in supporting and promoting innovation in the digital health and care space. By addressing the societal challenges in health and care in Scotland through the evolution of digital tools and services DHI can not only benefit the people of Scotland but can create opportunities for Scotland’s economy grow.”

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About DHI

The Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) is a national resource funded by the Scottish Government and SFC.  It is a collaboration between the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde (its host institution).  We believe innovation in digital health and care will help the people of Scotland live longer, healthier lives, while providing sustainable/ inclusive growth for our economy.  We collaborate, co-design and transform ideas into digital health and care innovations.


The DHI provides engagement; facilitation; project management; service, business, technical and innovation that assists in increasing individuals and organisations readiness to harness digital innovation for impactful results that have real benefits to the system and the citizen.


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