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by Sofia Villegas
22 February 2024
NHS Scotland expands use of ‘world-leading’ technology

NHS Scotland is expanding the Seer platform | Alamy

NHS Scotland expands use of ‘world-leading’ technology

NHS Scotland is expanding the use of a “world-leading” data and analytics platform, it has been announced.

The health body is to take the Seer platform to the next stage where it will migrate to the cloud and provide the health and social care workforce access to a more advanced version. It is hoped that this will boost opportunities for the workforce to access new tools and technologies with greater flexibility.

Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery Neil Gray said: “It’s great to see how world-leading Seer 2 is enabling us to support collaboration and innovation across government and the NHS, providing near real-time intelligence to support decision making, build new insights and enable better outcomes.

“This platform is just one of the ways we are embracing tech to help us as we face challenges ahead in funding pressures, inequalities and workforce.”

Seer is a platform that allows staff to easily access and analyse data, enhancing their decision-making and planning of resources. Currently it is used in areas including cancer intelligence, the monitoring of blood stocks and the flu vaccination programme.

It is a core part of Scotland’s Health and Social Care Data Strategy and the Data and Analytics service for the National Digital Platform.

The announcement comes at the back of Grey revealing at the Digital Health and Care Scotland Conference 2024 that the Scottish Government will publish an update on its data strategy this spring - with an updated Delivery Plan for the Digital Health and Care Strategy coming in April.

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