ALLIANCE Members Networking Event – Realising the Benefits of Digital Technology

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland – Members Networking event
Realising the Benefits of Digital Technology – Citizen-Led Innovation for Health and Wellbeing

You are invited to our members networking event at the ALLIANCE offices on Tuesday 8 December, 10am arrivals.  The event being held as part of the Health and Social Care Academy’s Integration Series will focus on exploring the benefits of digital technology in improving health and wellbeing including:

  • How do we ensure that people who are disabled and living with long term conditions and disadvantaged by inequalities in health contribute to digitally-enabled health and care?
  • What does participation in this growing market mean for Scottish businesses, public sector and the third sector.

This event will launch a report commissioned by Scottish Enterprise and the ALLIANCE which aims to identify the benefits, opportunities and barriers to encouraging citizen-led innovation for health and wellbeing.

Join us to hear about current innovations in Scotland and contribute your ideas for developing models for citizen participation in health innovation. To register your attendance please email event@alliance-scotland.org.uk or call 0141 404 0231.

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