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23rd November 2021


DigiFest 2021 - Register now

The DigiFest 2021 programme is now live with a number of satellite sessions taking place throughout November, December in addition to the main two-day virtual conference taking place on 01 and 02 December.

To register for Scotland's Digital Health and Care Event DigiFest on 01 and 02 December 2021, please click on the button below.

Within the hour, you will receive an access link to the virtual event platform.

On the virtual event platform, you can add programme sessions to your personalised agenda, view all the ePosters featuring Service Design and Research examples, and visit our exhibitors.

Sessions outlined below on 25/11 and 09/12 are located in the satellite sessions tab on left hand side of page - they need to be booked separately to your main DigiFest registration.

Register for DigiFest 2021

This year has a packed programme of sessions but for your ease here is a quick breakdown of DHI sessions so you can add them to your schedule.

Thursday 25/11/2021 (1200-1400) - Living Labs in Digital Health and Care

Innovating in a Living Lab Environment

Involving speakers from the University of Agder Norway, Galicia, Ireland, University of Strathclyde and the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre in Scotland.

Living Labs are an exciting method of gaining insights for scaling new services by blending Real World Evidence (RWE) with practical implementation experience. DHI is hosting this session to widely share learning from local and international experts and highlight assets Scotland already has in place to support the further expansion of Twinning Living Labs in collaboration with other countries.


Wednesday 01/12/2021 (1000-1200) - Digital approaches to healthy ageing with Fenin and SDI

Join the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, Fenin and Scottish Development International as they host a Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster event, as part of Scotland’s DigiFest 2021, sharing learning and best practice from Spain. The session will provide an opportunity to learn more about the opportunities available in Spain for Scottish academics and businesses looking to collaborate on new projects.


Wednesday 01/12/2021 (1510-1550) -  Leadership through change

Join us for an opportunity to hear from Steven MacGregor, author of The Daily Reset and Honorary Professor at the Glasgow School of Art, for a timely discussion about leadership.

Leaders at all levels and in all sectors have experienced a sustained period of upheaval as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • adjusting to new models of working
  • increased workload
  • leading at a distance
  • understanding your own needs and the needs of your team during periods of change

Steven will be sharing his wellbeing expertise, experience and how design practices can be useful tools to understand leadership through change.


Wednesday 01/12/2021 (1600-1630) - The Role of IoT in housing

The focus of this session will be the Healthier Homes initiative.

A group of innovative housing pathfinders are working with their tenants to consider how the adoption of IoT might improve relationships between home, heat and health and in turn tenant health and wellbeing.

Learn more about the initiative and consider the opportunity for housing, health, and care to work together on this agenda.

Moderated by: Moira Mackenzie, Director of Innovation, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre


Thursday 02/12/2021 (1000-1130) - Industry And Education Readiness and the Future of Digital Health and Care

Education providers will play a pivotal role in knowledge and skills development for graduates aiming to work in digitally enabled health and care.

Industry and education are working together to embed an understanding of what digital transformation means and to include knowledge and skills elements of digital working practices within qualifications.
Rapid developments across digital health and care require increased readiness within the education sector(s).

Industry and Education will come together at this event to discuss how they can prepare for the future demands of the digital health and care workforce, delivering an agile curriculum that responds to change.

Moderated by Janette Hughes, Director of Planning & Performance, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre.


  • Dr. Sanna Rimpilainen, Research & Skills Manager, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre
  • Stuart McDowall, City of Glasgow College


Thursday 09/12/2021 (1300-1500) - Hospital @ Home

Bringing together Global Thought Leaders to share best practice, lessons learned and a view of what the future should look like.

Chaired by Janette Hughes, Director of Planning & Performance, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre.

Presentations by:

  • David Levine – Keynote, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Daniel Lasserson, University of Warwick. Clinical Lead - Acute Hospital at Home, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Hospital at Home Society, England
  • Leanne Marshall-Wood, NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Astrid van der Velde, Isala Hospital, Netherlands
  • Alan Lillie, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, Scotland

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