Digital health and care

Healthcare providers, insurers and governments worldwide face complex challenges ahead, with ageing populations, a shift to value-based care and digitalization of the health and care industry. Scotland is a leading global partner in finding integrated solutions, helping you access the right companies developing sought-after digital healthcare innovations and technologies.

Talent, data and innovation

Scotland's integrated solutions for your digital healthcare and wellness needs

Expertise

Scotland is home to one of Europe's largest life sciences hubs, with more than 750 organisations and fast-growing digital health and medtech community.

Patient-centred

Scottish companies have access to extensive data sets across clinical pathways such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and genomics to develop data-driven, patient-focused digital solutions.

Digital Health and Care Institute

A hub to collaborate, co-design and transform ideas into digital health and care innovations with a £3m portfolio supporting 85 live projects, 150 partners, 5,000 patients and healthcare professionals.

Scotland’s data health and care environment

Scotland has a well-equipped supply chain, open to co-create integrated solutions for healthcare – from remote patient monitoring to AI solutions – our primary focus is on prevention, early intervention and self-management.

  • End-to-end data insights – a centralised healthcare system with personalised electronic health records covering the past 30 years, enriched by a stable population
  • A nation of innovators – pioneering keyhole surgery, the use of ultrasound and delivery of the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant
  • Strength in numbers – a global reputation built on healthy partnerships between industry, universities, NHS and government

Digital health and medtech strengths and capabilities in Scotland

Scotland's digital health ecosystem is underpinned by strengths and capabilities in its core sciences and research and development excellence in areas of genomics, data sciences and technology. 

Scotland's enabling technologies, across wearables, mobile applications and electronic health records, build on these assets and expertise. This allows for a range of assisted living solutions through digital IT systems.

EnMovi Research and Development Centre at Inovo, Glasgow

Turning health data into clinical insights 

Scotland's well-established community of more than 250 digital health and medtech companies are experts in turning health data into clinical insights to help:

  • Improve patient health
  • Improve patient experience
  • Reduce costs
  • Increase impact and ROI
  • Streamline services

Being part of the European regulatory system means Scotland can develop and commercialise medtech much faster to benefit patients, typically 2-3 years ahead of the USA and 5 years ahead of Japan. 

Optos, a Scottish producer of advanced retinal imaging technology, is one of Europe's fastest-growing medtech firms over the past five years.   

"You have friendly, well-educated, hard-working people, a beautiful environment and a local investor base that has a long history of backing risk...what more could you want?"

Douglas Anderson, founder, Optos 

Scotland's rising stars in digital health and wellness tech

Other companies to watch include:

  • Blackford Analysis - provides a single platform to help healthcare professionals find the right medical image analysis applications and AI algorithms that add clinical value
  • Care Sourcer - uses data to match people to care providers
  • Current Health - developed an AI enabled wearable device
  • EnMovi - secured a £2.5m grant to research wearable tech
  • MyWay Digital Health - developed a cost-saving digital management system for diabetes
  • MindMate - engages dementia patients through games, educational/informative material and fitness tracking
  • Spiritus - provides industry leaders with medical safety assurance
  • Storm ID - developed a data sharing platform to support delivery of healthcare services

Find supply chain partners

From diagnostics to therapeutics, the Scottish Life and Chemical Sciences Directory is your gateway to over 1000 companies and organisations in Scotland.

Whether you're looking for suppliers or want to chat about a potential project, we're here to help.