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Why choose Scotland for digital health and care?

7 reasons to invest

  • Our workforce – large number of graduates in tech disciplines from world leading universities
  • Easy access to clinical skills and excellence − including the Digital Health Institute and the NHS
  • Groundbreaking, world-renowned research − strengths in infant health, diabetes and dementia
  • Our growing tech cluster – range of innovative start-ups to significant multinationals based in growing hubs
  • Our strong economy – diverse sectors require support from tech companies
  • Our innovation labs - designed to encourage collaboration and partnering opportunities between companies in digital health care, big data and sensors and imaging
  • Depth of experience in convergent technologies for partnering and collaboration – from micro and nanotechnology, physics and photonics to materials and technical textiles, electronics and specialised software solutions

Choose Scotland for digital health and care

Scotland's digital health and care industry has a worldwide reputation for innovation and investment.

Scotland provides a rich platform for academic excellence in digital health and care. And we can offer a perfect test bed environment for healthcare companies, thanks to our diverse urban, rural and remote locations. 

We also have the world-renowned National Health Service (NHS), Scotland’s single healthcare provider. They provide access to patients and medical professionals, creating an extensive test and evaluation environment. 

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Digital Health and Care Institute

The £10 million institute brings academia, business and civil partners together for innovation and collaboration.

Access the latest research. Work with users, businesses and researchers to work on prototypes. Then progress your solution to market and deployment. The three innovation streams at the institute will support you at every stage.

Find out more about the DHI

Glasgow University lab workers

Talent and skills

As well as almost 200,000 health staff and a similar number of social care, staff Scotland has:

  • Over 84,000 people currently working in digital technology
  • More than 7,000 people working within the digital health and care technology companies
  • An industry supplemented annually by 70,000 graduates and a pipeline of 17,000 graduates with digital health expertise
  • A dedicated Digital Health Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Edinburgh

How Orion Health used Scotland's tech skills

Collaborate with telehealth and telecare partners

The European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Aging awarded Scotland 4 star status. Why? Because of our innovative work on the reshaping care for older people and people in remote areas.

NHS 24

NHS 24 is Scotland’s national digital health and care provider, offering a  range of services that are delivered across the telephone, online, webchat, SMS, email and social media. These services are designed to complement and support the hands-on delivery of NHS Scotland’s health and care services.

The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT)

Part of NHS 24, SCTT facilitates innovative projects that are designed to help people manage their own health and well-being more effectively. This includes home and mobile monitoring, video-enabled services, digital services and apps.

Living it Up

Working in partnership with industry, academia and local health and care practitioners,  the SCTT designed and developed Living it Up, Scotland’s first interactive self-management web services for people with long-term conditions. The service hosts a range of digital tools, including a falls self-assessment tool.


The United4 Health programme, which involves 14 European regions including Scotland, is one of the largest home and mobile health monitoring projects in Europe.

Through the use of everyday technologies such as mobile phones, tablets and computers, U4H supports people living with diabetes, pulmonary disease and health failure as an alternative to hospital care. 

Scottish ambulance workers

Work with the NHS

The NHS, Scotland’s publicly-funded healthcare system, is a key contributor to the success of Scotland’s digital health and care sector.

The NHS offers:

  • Quality data – the Information Services Division of NHS Scotland provides health information, intelligence, statistics and advice to support healthcare improvements and streamline decision making
  • Rapid response to healthcare needs – NHS 24, an online and out-of-hours telephone service, offers a single contact point for activities related to the remote delivery of integrated healthcare
  • An expanding network – Scotland has a network of 282 hospitals, including the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which was completed in 2015 and includes a 1,109 bed adult and 256 bed children’s hospital, as well as a laboratory.
Baby in incubator

Scotland is your solution for newborn digital health

Our collaborative health network makes Scotland the ideal location for digital infant care developments.

Global research consultants Frost & Sullivan have produced a report on how Scotland supports innovative healthcare solutions to reduce infant mortality and newborn illness.

Read the Frost & Sullivan report

A history of digital medical innovation

For more than 200 years, Scotland’s scientific discoveries have served as critical stepping stones for the advancement of modern medicine.

In the past decade, scientists have launched:

  • The first scanning laser ophthalmoscope to provide enhanced clinical information to detect diseases of the retina – Optos
  • The world’s first commercially available multiarticulated prosthetic hand – Touch Bionics
  • A portable unit to treat non-melanoma skin cancer using photodynamic therapy – Ambicare
  • A video-enabled laryngoscope to facilitate intubations – Aircraft Medical

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