Last week, Hamilton Forth attended the ScotlandIS Cluster Ecosystem Conference in Glasgow. The conference brought insights across the technology ecosystem, and highlighted numerous initiatives being launched within Scotland’s tech sector, as well as opportunities out with Scotland. Consultant, Tom Watson, reflects on some of the key tech trends highlighted by speakers at the conference below.
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Emerging Trends in Digital Health and Care – Post-Covid
The conference began with a highly comprehensive talk from Janette Hughes (Director of Planning and Performance at the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre), highlighting emerging trends in the digital health and care industry. Janette detailed six key trends under three major themes: data, prevention and skill. Firstly, regarding data, it is apparent how the advancements in technology have allowed for greater personalisation of the health and care experience. There is an increase in efficiency, effectiveness and preciseness of data, as well as growing health data autonomy for citizens. Janette outlined how AI within radiology has allowed for patients suffering from cancer to be diagnosed more quickly due to the preciseness and identification of patterns within data, which is difficult for radiologists to identify early under the ‘trained eye’.
Secondly, in terms of the prevention theme, Janett highlighted the need to place an emphasis on wellbeing and prevention of ill health, as well as moving away from hospitals into community settings. Innovation within this sector has accelerated due to Covid, and there has been a shift and migration from legacy systems to modern digital approaches e.g. the self-tracing app/form the NHS launched during the pandemic, which allowed tracing teams to use data to prioritise and shorten calls, as well as identify positive users and inform ‘close contacts’.
Lastly, skills across systems are required for transformations, with emphasis on building a future pipeline of talent and diversifying expertise and career shifts. Janette concluded her talk by outlining that ‘collaboration is key’ and that there is a tremendous amount of opportunity still untapped within data and AI.
5G Transformation in Healthcare
The next presentation by Kirsty Scott (Business Engagement Manger at the Scotland 5G Centre) touched on 5G transformation within the Healthcare sector. Kirsty’s presentation was highly insightful, focusing on how 5G technology can support the current emergency services within the UK ,whilst also touching on and corresponding with Janette’s discussion around data and IoT (Internet of Things).
Kirsty highlighted that 5G technology has allowed for the enhancement of existing, and introduction of new, ways of connecting ambulances with doctors and hospitals; more quickly identifying unfolding emergencies, bringing emergency control rooms closer to the front lines and allowing for more remote surveying to be carried out. Equally, big data and the IoT has allowed for the tracking of high cost patients, reducing adverse events, lowering readmissions and contributing to a reduction in healthcare expenditure by predictive modelling, with earlier detection of medical conditions and lowering costs through better patient interventions.
Although 5G seems relatively new across industries, discussions and developments are well underway with 6G which has the potential to lead the world into a new era of wireless technology and transform the globe even further.
Exporting to the World
Focussing on global opportunities, Callum McCallum (Sector Lead, Technology & Advanced Manufacturing at the Department for Business & Trade) spoke about the global trade opportunities and the support that the Department for Business & Trade offer, with a presence in over 23 countries globally. Callum highlighted that they offer a variety of support options for organisations including exporting support services, trade missions, market access barriers, global networks, trade show access, investment advice, global export operations and UK Export Finance. It was highly insightful to learn about their presence and market knowledge of opportunities worldwide, with the rapidly expanding market and competitive growth of organisations globally.
It was a fantastic event hosted by ScotlandIS and it was great to meet some highly insightful individuals, learning more about their innovative organisations in the current technology ecosystem. It was fantastic to attend another event alongside the Hamilton Forth team and we will certainly be attending again next year to discover more insights and opportunities within the technology market.
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