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Olivia Dunbar

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20th May 2024

DHI Welcomes New Board Members to Support Innovation in the Digital Health, and Social Care Sector

Innovative Leadership to Support DHI’s Next Phase of Growth

The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) is delighted to announce the appointment of three distinguished professionals to its Board of Directors. The new members bring extensive expertise in the digital health and social care sector, which will be instrumental in advancing DHI’s mission to innovate and transform health and care solutions in Scotland.

DHI is a national resource, generously funded by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council and is located within the Glasgow City Innovation District. As a world-leading collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art and The University of Strathclyde, DHI’s vision is that Research and Innovation (R&I) in digital health and social care creates sustainable services and develops future skills, helping Scotland’s people live longer and healthier lives and enabling the economy to flourish to meet global needs.

The new Board members will play a pivotal role in supporting DHI’s collaborative efforts to co-design person-centred digital health and care solutions. Their diverse backgrounds will enhance DHI’s approach to shifting the balance of care from traditional treatment models to those emphasising prevention, early detection, post-event care, and self-management through digital transformation and health digitisation.




Introducing the New Board Members:

Angus McCann

Angus is a non-executive director of NHS Lothian, chairs the board’s Finance & Resources Committee and sits on its Planning Performance and Development Committee. As such, he provides scrutiny of the board’s activities and strategy. He is a former chair of the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board and of the Midlothian IJB. He is vice-chair of trustees for the NHS Lothian Charity. He is also a co-opted member of two technology-related committees of NHS Education for Scotland.

Dr Lynne Douglas, CEO of Bield Housing and Care

An experienced executive and non-executive director, specialising in delivering service transformation, across organisational boundaries. Uses collaborative leadership skills and effective change frameworks to work in partnership with stakeholders to deliver change across diverse work programmes. A strong communicator, comfortable working with all levels of staff and stakeholders, an ability to build effective relationships to realise results, enthusiastic about innovation and brings energy into work streams.

Flora MacLeod – Design Director IBM UK.

Flora has deep experience in delivering human-centred business transformation with public sector organisations across healthcare and life sciences in her role as a Design Director with IBM. She collaborates closely with leaders in Industry and Academia to develop digital health thought leadership to make health services better and more equitable for all people who need them.


Leadership Comments:

Prof George Crooks OBE MBChB FRCP FRCGP said

“I am pleased to welcome our 3 new Board members. Each bring a wealth of experience to the DHI Board which will assist the organisation in evolving its programme of activities that are designed to address the key challenges being faced by the people of Scotland across both health and social care through the use of innovative digital health and care products and services. By supporting Scottish businesses and bringing together expertise across academia, the NHS, social care, 3rd sector and housing providers, we can harness the benefits that next-generation digital technologies can bring to secure high-quality, safe, and effective services for people whether they live in a large city or a remote and rural part of the country.”

ENDS

About the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI):

The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) is a national resource funded by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council, located within the Glasgow City Innovation District. As a collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art and The University of Strathclyde, DHI's vision is that Research and Innovation (R&I) in digital health and social care creates sustainable services and develops future skills, helping Scotland’s people live longer and healthier lives and enabling the economy to flourish to meet global needs.

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