eHealth and Social Care 2017

Working towards world-class eHealth and Care in Scotland

A one-day conference
2 October 2017, Glasgow


Join world-leading ehealth experts and technologists from Scotland and beyond who will discuss how health and social care integration can be enabled by advances in digital technology. This is a once-a-year, must-attend event for digital health experts, clinicians, policy makers and social care professionals in the private, local government and third sectors.


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Professor George Crooks OBE MBChB FRCP FRCGP

Medical Director

NHS 24

Professor George Crooks is currently the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare.  NHS 24 is the national provider of telehealth services for the whole of Scotland currently providing the majority of its services via telephony, the web and digital television. He is responsible for the quality, safety and effectiveness of all clinical services and the development of new services in partnership with other NHS organisations.  George was a General Medical Practitioner for 23 years in Aberdeen latterly combining that role as Director of Primary Care for Grampian. George was President of the European Health Telematics Association 2012 – 2016 and is a Board member of the European Connected Health Alliance.  He leads the Integrated Care Action Group on behalf of the European Commission within the European Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing.  He is Chair of the Scottish Digital Health and Care Innovation Programme Board, leading on the at scale delivery of telehealth and telecare services and also the Chairman of the Digital Health Institute in Scotland, a partnership between academia, industry and health and care delivery organisations delivering innovation in technology and design that can provide safe, effective and sustainable health and care solutions and create economic growth in Scotland.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.

David Irvine



David Irvine is an engineer and inventor with over 40 patents in the area of networking, security and privacy. 

He started his career as an apprentice mechanical engineer, before taking the electrical and electronics route at college.  

Whilst at college he was president of the student union and the West of Scotland NUS co-ordinator, and managed a student occupation of the college. 

After college he took up a position as a graduate engineer with Thorn EMI.  

David went on to design what was the world’s largest private network (Saudi Aramco), eventually returning to Scotland to start in business in 1995.

He started up a computer and network services company before transitioning to design an all-in-one server that was the highest downloaded software project at the time on (eboxit). Understanding servers were the problem in today's digital world, David then spent several years designing what would become the SAFE network. 

Shona Robison

Cabinet Secretary

Health and Sport

Shona Robison was born in Redcar in 1966. Educated at Alva Academy, she went on to graduate from Glasgow University with a Social Sciences MA and Jordanhill College with a Postgraduate Certificate in Community Education. Previously she worked for Glasgow City Council’s Social Work Department.

Ms Robison was MSP for the North East from 1999-2003 and elected MSP for Dundee East in 2003. Latterly she was Shadow Minster for Health and Social Justice and a member of the Parliament’s Health Committee before being appointed Minister for Public Health in the Scottish Government formed after the May 2007 election.

Ms Robison was re-elected at the May 5, 2011 election and appointed as Minister for Commonwealth Games & Sport.  She became Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing & Sport in November 2014.

Ms Robison was re-elected at the May 5, 2016 election and was subsequently appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.

Madis Tiik, MD, PhD

Member of the Board

Estonian eHealth Foundation

Madis Tiik is a Medical Doctor with a diploma in Public Health and PhD in Healthcare Engineering. He is a serial entrepreneur and healthcare visionary. He was the chairman of The Estonian Society of Family doctors from 2001 to 2008. From 2007 till 2011 he was the CEO of Estonian eHealth Foundation and responsible of developing the first countrywide EHR and other eHealth services.

From 2012 he became a senior adviser in Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra focusing on self-care services and eHealth integrations. From 2014 till 2015 he was part of dr. Eric Topol’s team in Scripps Translational Science Institute. Due to his extensive esperience and groundbraking foresight Madis Tiik is actively counseling many foreign e-health projects and related institutions.

John Ainsworth

Professor of Health Informatics

University of Manchester

John Ainsworth is Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Manchester where he is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Health Informatics. He is involved in numerous research projects, but with one common aim - to use computing and information technology to improve the health of the population. He is also Deputy Director of the MRC Health eResearch Centre, part of the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research. Mostly recently he was appointed Director of the Connected Health Cities programme, an initiative to unlock the power of information to transform health and social care services across the North of England.

John’s research is at the intersection of information technology and healthcare focusing on: harnessing computing technology to enhance data science, using information technology to improve health services, and applying emerging computing technologies to create novel interventions.

Peter McColl

Head of Policy, Scotland


Peter McColl leads Nesta's policy and research work in Scotland. His work focuses on the opportunities to integrate and adapt Nesta's work in and for Scotland. He compiled the Nesta publication Ideas to Transform Scotland, ahead of the 2016 election.  He has particular interests in intergenerational politics, higher education, health, citizens' income and participatory democracy.

Previously Peter was Director of Policy for Common Weal, and before that worked for the Royal Voluntary Service, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and in the Scottish Parliament. He was Rector of the University of Edinburgh from 2012-15 and writes extensively on culture, politics and society.

Gregory Hill-O’Connor

Digital Health and Care Officer

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

Gregory Hill-O’Connor is the Digital Health and Care Officer at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE). Having worked for a Scottish social care provider on various change and innovation projects Gregory is now working at the ALLIANCE to support the third sector in Scotland develop digital services.






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