Transforming Scottish healthcare –the role of data and technology

The healthcare system in Scotland, as in all parts of the UK, is facing major challenges, including waiting lists for operations, an ageing population, and shortages of staff. This is a long term problem with no easy or single solution. Increased funding and additional training of healthcare professionals are part of the answer. Another part – and the subject of this event – is the greater use of data and technology in Scottish healthcare.

What are these new technologies? How can they be deployed, both in medical care itself and in improving the operational efficiency of the health system? Are there specific benefits to more remote rural and island communities of greater use of technologies? What are the ethical, regulatory and practical issues involved in deploying this in the NHS? And what opportunities are there for Scottish universities and industry in developing these technologies.

These are just some of the questions that we hope to explore in this event in partnership with The Foundation for Science and Technology, in which we will bring representatives from healthcare, politics, academia and industry together. We very much hope that you can join the discussion – either in person or online.


  • 1:30 – 2:00      Registration / networking
  • 2:00 – 3:30      Speaker presentations and panel discussion
  • 3:30 – 4:30      Networking Reception


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President, Canon Medical Research Europe

Dr Ken Sutherland is a leading engineering figure at the interface between medicine, engineering and the life sciences in Scotland and the UK. His influence in this sector has translated into global medical products that bring benefit to clinicians, patients, researchers and the medical industry. In his role as President of Canon Medical Europe he has secured £100 million of inward investment from Japan for UK R&D in the last 10 years. His current vision in precision medicine is driving a new initiative in artificial intelligence/data via the recently founded Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics (ICAIRD).


Professor Oliver Lemon

Co-academic lead, National Robotarium

Oliver Lemon is Professor of AI, Academic Co-Lead of the National Robotarium,  Director of the Interaction Lab, and co-founder of Alana AI.  He was formerly a Research Fellow at Stanford and Edinburgh Universities and Visiting Scientist at NASA. He is co-author of over 200 publications pioneering machine learning techniques for conversational AI, Natural Language Processing, and Human-Robot Interaction. He has led international research projects with industry partners such as PAL Robotics, BMW, and Orange Labs, and supervised 3 teams reaching the finals of the Amazon Alexa Prize.  His company Alana AI develops advanced conversational AI solutions with the NHS, RNIB, and EC Horizon healthcare AI project RES-Q+.

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Deputy Associate Principal, Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Professor Trish Connolly FREng FRSE FRSM FIET CEng has worked across Europe in the medical industry and academia, researching and developing medical devices. Her work took her to Italy where she was Head of Research for Byk Gulden Italia (Altana Pharma), Milan and Switzerland where she served as Technical Director for Nycomed Amersham before she resettled in her native Glasgow on her appointment as Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Strathclyde. She is currently Director of Strathclyde Institute of Medical Devices (SIMD) and the CEO of Ohmedics Ltd, a spin out of the University of Strathclyde formed to commercialise her work on a pioneering wound moisture monitor and other wearable diagnostic devices. She is a Deputy Associate Principal for Research and KE at the University and co-leads the University’s Healthtech Cluster.


Jonathan Cameron

Deputy Director of Digital Health and Care


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Thursday October 5th, 2023 13:30-16:30


The Royal Society of Edinburgh




Michael Matheson MSP