the idea was that Scotland would work towards building a national digital platform to join up sources of data and information that exist in a vast and disjointed healthcare landscape, and for it to be acces- sible to clinicians and citizens. According to Hann it has three

goals. He says: “Te first is that the right information is available at the point of care; there are many electronic records across health and social care at the moment but unfortunately they get split up by geography and by area of care. A GP uses one system, a hospital uses another, a care worker might be using another, and a derma- tologist something else. “So, the primary goal was to

deliver that single person-centred record. Tat was the first thing for

clinical use. Te second thing was to make it more predictable to roll out new applications, to build new things and make it easier to do that, whether in the NHS or for SMEs. And the third goal is around better data – because you’ve joined up all that data it’s easier to do reporting whether that’s for operational purposes or for clinical research.” When asked how the Covid

work has impacted on delivery timescales, Hann says it is not easy to quantify, as much of what they had been asked to do an in an emergency was part of the long-term plan for the platform. “It’s hard to say. We accelerated getting eye-care data onto the platform and then we did some work on SMS that we hadn’t

anticipated doing until the future. It’s coming out in a slightly differ- ent order and shape to what we expected,” he adds.

Another project is building a system for the Covid-19 vaccine, which NDS is involved in with a number of partner agencies including NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), but for which he is reluctant to go into detail. However, the benefit of having

now delivered actual products ahead of an as yet unknown go- live date is that it integrates NDS more fully into the healthcare landscape and adds to the work it did before the pandemic hit to digitise the ‘ReSPECT’ process, which is designed to inform clinicians of a patient’s personal

choice when it comes to future emergency care. As for when the car will be driv-

en into the showroom, wrapped in a giant bow, Hann doesn’t antici- pate quite such a flashy occasion. “Unfortunately, I don’t think there will be a big reveal with fireworks. I think it is going to be a drip feed. We are going to be chipping away at this but each time it will be let- ting people do a specific thing that they really need to do. “We’re beginning to see a few of

those things, and there will come a time where it’s a bit of an ava- lanche with lots of them. And until every single thing is on the plat- form that will take much longer again, but the point is that early on people start being able to do the things that they need to do.” l

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