About Us

Who we are

The Digital Health & Care Directorate is part of the Scottish Government and sits under the Director General Health & Social Care.

Key responsibilities are:

  • Leading on policy and strategy, informed by the latest innovations, research, evaluation, and engagement.
  • Transforming services through the implementation and spread of digital services and technology.
  • Providing expertise on information governance, assurance and cyber security.

We work collaboratively with a range of public, private, third and independent sector partners to deliver digital solutions to ensure that the health and care needs of the people of Scotland are met, and that they benefit fully from our innovation and digital and data developments.

Our governance

The work of the Digital Health & Care Directorate is governed by the Strategic Portfolio Board, made up of representatives from Scottish Government and key stakeholders from across the health and social care sector. They are supported by the Enabling Technology Board and the Digital Citizen Board and they all meet on a quarterly basis.

There is also a Data Board that provides multi-agency leadership and oversight over the development of the Data Strategy for Health & Social Care and its associated delivery plan.

An Equality and Inclusion Advisory Group provides experience and expert opinion and critique on planning, development and delivery of digital health and care initiatives. This is to ensure that our work gives meaningful consideration to issues of equality and diversity, including legal and human rights implications.

Our work

The Digital Health and Care Directorate is involved in a wide range of work across health.

Our Strategy

Scotland’s refreshed Digital health and care strategy was launched on 27th October 2021. A joint initiative between the Scottish Government and COSLA, it outlines approaches to improve the care and wellbeing of people in Scotland.

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