Digital health and care strategy

Refreshed strategy which sets out how we will work together to improve the care and wellbeing of people in Scotland by making best use of digital technologies in the design and delivery of services, in a way, place and time that works best for them.

Aligning Our Work to Scotland's Priorities

Scotland's National Performance Framework (NPF) sets out our vision for how we create a more successful Scotland. It focuses on how the wellbeing of people living in Scotland can be increased across a range of economic, social and environmental factors. Most obviously, this strategy contributes to this vision in the areas of 'we are healthy and active', and 'we live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe', but it does more than that. For example, there are environmental advantages to embracing digital technology within health and care, such as a decrease in travel for both citizens and the workforce and therefore a decrease in carbon emissions. Our innovations in digital health and care contribute to the sustainability of our national economy as well as to achievements in the international arena. The potential for digital health and care solutions to contribute to the reduction in inequalities is also considerable.

Further detail on the National Performance Framework can be found at National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework
Abstract image depicting the work carried out by NESTA around people’s complex relationship with health and social care data.

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Our Purpose - To focus on creating a more successful country with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish through increased wellbeing, and sustainable and inclusive economic growth

Our Values - We are a society which treats all our people with kindness, dignity and compassion, respects the rule of law, and acts in an open and transparent way

  • We respect, protect and fulfil human rights and live free from discrimination
  • We are creative and our vibrant and diverse cultures are expressed and enjoyed widely
  • We have a globally competitive, entrepreneurial, inclusive and sustainable economy
  • We are open, connected and make a positive contribution internationally
  • We tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally
  • We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
  • We grow up loved, safe and respected so that we realise our full potential
  • We are well educated, skilled and able to contribute to society
  • We have thriving and innovative businesses, with quality jobs and fair work for everyone
  • We are healthy and active
  • We value, enjoy, protect and enhance our environment

This strategy is nested within the overall Digital Strategy for Scotland

(A changing nation: how Scotland will thrive in a digital world - ( and confirms how our health and care services will adopt and embed its approaches. Central to this are the eight Principles of a Digital Nation which are threaded throughout the document.

Principles for a Digital Nation

  • Inclusive, Ethical and User-Focused
  • Digital Leadership and Culture
  • Collaborative
  • Data-Driven
  • Technology-Enabled
  • Innovative and Sustainable
  • A Skilled Digital Workforce
  • Secure By Design



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