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Publication of Regional Care Homes Variation and Analysis

Guidance from the Clinical Professional Advice Group on Care Homes

Final Report: Telecare for People with Dementia:
Evaluation of Renfrewshire Project

Vision for Near Me (May 2020)

This document describes the vision for how Near Me video consulting will be used in health and care services in Scotland. It is designed to inform plans within local organisations, and is endorsed by the Cabinet Secretary and Scottish Government.

Guidance on the introduction and use of video consultations during COVID-19: important lessons from qualitative research Wherton J. et al., BMJ Leader

SPECIAL eBOOK EDITION: Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic through digital health in Asia Pacific.

A digital embrace to blunt the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic Schwamm L.H., Erskine E. and Licurse A., npj Digital Medicine 2020;3: 64

COVID-19 Narratives by Dr David Nabarro, Strategic Director of 4SD, Special Envoy to the World Health Organization Director-General on COVID-19 and Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London

Editorial. JMIR Mental Health Vol 7 No 3 (2020) March Digital Mental Health and COVID-19: Using Technology Today to Accelerate the Curve on Access and Quality Tomorrow

WHO COVID-19 Update on Older People

Los Angeles Times Op-Ed: As a doctor, I use telemedicine. With the coronavirus threat, it could revolutionize healthcare

Covid-19: a remote assessment in primary care BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 25 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1182 Includes useful infographic.

COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Review: Exit through the App Store?​ A rapid evidence review of the technical considerations and societal implications of using technology to transition from the COVID-19 crisis was undertaken with a view to supporting the Government and the NHS.

Inclusion crucial for a digital-first health service 20.04.2020 Helen Milner, Health Service Journal

The first chapter of the 2020 tech trends eBook here:

The ALLIANCE latest Humans Of Scotland piece – Janice shares her story of living with a long term condition and being a carer during COVID-19

Global Examples of COVID-19 Surveillance Technologies : Flash Report
Rimpiläinen, Sanna, Thomas, Jennifer, Morrison, Ciarán (2020) Global Examples of COVID-19 Surveillance Technologies: Flash Report. 

Joint European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures EU Commission

Virtual Care: new models of caring for our patients and workforce  Lancet Digital Health 2020 Comment Online 06.05.2020

Role of Telehealth in the Management of COVID-19: Lessons Learned from Previous SARS, MERS, and Ebola Outbreaks Sareh Keshvardoost, Kambiz Bahaadinbeigy, and Farhad Fatehi Telemedicine and e-Health

Editorial – The Lancet Digital Health  Reflecting on a future ready for digital health

European Innovation Platform on Active & Health Ageing @EIP_AHA Newsletter Special Focus on the European response to COVID-19

People, Power and Technology: The 2020 Digital Attitudes Report Published by Doteveryone

The King’s Fund – Leading through COVID-19 – resources for health and care leaders working in the NHS, social care, public health or the voluntary and independent sector.


Healthcare IT News 20.05.2020 COVID-19: a technologist’s tale Dr Sam Shah.

Coronavirus: How lockdown is being lifted across Europe 25.05.2020 BBC News.

Mobile apps and data at heart of European Commission coronavirus toolbox

Removing the pump handle – stewarding data at times of public health emergency, R. Patel, Nuffield Foundation

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations – Update on work of the Social Housing Resilience Group set up  in response to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Paths for all – advice and tips for homeworkers wellbeing

How does the digital health industry support the management of the corona crisis?

Digital Leaders – Helping digitally in the time of COVID-19 by Robin Knowles, Founder and CEO, Digital Leaders

Allied Health Professionals Blog – A guide to Musculoskeletal (MSK) Digital Health consultations during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Nesta – How COVID-19 has changed the use and communication of evidence – Seven emerging trends from the COVID-19 pandemic that have led to the return of experts and evidence

Understanding Patient Data 21.04.2020 Easier said than done: the challenge of transparency during Covid-19

Health vs. Privacy: How Other Countries Use Surveillance To Fight The Pandemic.  7 minute listen. National Public Radio (USA)

Digital Leaders – Using AI to cope in the coronavirus era

UK Research and Innovation – What can we learn about COVID-19 control from China and other East Asian countries?

Danish Government launches COVIDmeter tracking service as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

COVID-19: Insights from the Highlands in Scotland.

A highly desirable revolution in digital health 12 May 2020 Tino Martí, eHealth Project Officer of the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL)

Why Governments and Corporations Need to Demonstrate Principled Authority in the Face of Global Health Surveillance

Charting a post-COVID-19 future for social care 14.05.2020 By Kathryn Smith, Chief Executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Research, Development and Funding

Chief Scientist Office Statement on COVID-19 impact on research 14.05.2020  and Statement on the Restart Framework 27.05.2020 published by the National Institute for Health Research the purpose of which is to set out a framework to guide the restarting of NIHR research activities which have been paused due to COVID-19. 

Outcome of the funding call for Scottish-led rapid research in Covid-19 on 25.03.2020 the Chief Scientist Office launched the Rapid Research in Covid-19 (RARC-19) funding call. The outcome was a programme of 55 Covid-19 projects recommended for funding.

A list of the funded projects

The Welsh Government has launched a £150k #COVIDー19 Digital Solutions Fund. UK businesses are eligible to apply. Submission deadline: 0900 BST 08.06.2020 Assessment: 08-19.06.2020.

Useful information on current funding opportunities hosted on the Digital Health and Care Institute website. Learn more about the funding available during the COVID-19 outbreak.

With new Digital Health Indicator, HIMSS hopes global collaboration will lead to speedy innovation.

Evaluation Support Scotland – tips for evaluating at a distance.

On 03 April 2020 Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) launched a 25,000 Innovation Fund – to support to develop innovative health and care solutions in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1: Health, demographic change and wellbeing – due to the COVID-19, the submission deadline for proposals for several calls and topics is postponed from 22 April 2020 to 18 June 2020.

The Active & Assisted Living Programme (AAL Programme) has extended the application period until 24/08/2020 at 17:00 CET due to COVID 19. As a new Call for Proposals was launched in February 2020: “Healthy Ageing with the Support of Digital Solutions.”

 24-26 April 2020. EU Commission hosting a pan-EU Hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners, and investors to develop innovative solutions to #COVID19 challenges!

Scottish Rural Action sources of support in rural Scotland. Includes emerging sources of funding available for projects looking to understand and/or mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.

European Network of Living Labs Living Labs and the Maker Community’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis (21.04.2020)

Kings College London COVID Research Update 23.04.2020 Recording accessible. Speakers: Dr Claire Steves and Professor Tim Spector update on scientific insights they are learning from COVID Symptom Tracker. In the webinar the importance of studying COVID and frailty and new symptoms are discussed as well as the role of the 2.6 million contributors of the COVID Symptom Tracker.

Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge 2020 This challenge is aimed at entries that could offer solutions as part of a multi-faceted response to this and future global pandemics. Hosted be the The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Network.

The EU World Health Organisation (WHO), are leading a group to organise a global fundraising campaign to boost the development of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines against COVID-19. The pledging campaign will start on 4 May with the goal of raising €7.5 billion in initial funding.

More than 50 Scottish rapid research studies in 15 Scottish Universities will benefit from almost £5 million of Scottish Government funding.

UK Research and Innovation – proposals are invited for short-rem projects addressing and mitigating the health, social cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. 
Researchers holding existing UKRI standard grants should in the first instance consider whether they could repurpose that funding to address the objectives of this call. You can apply to switch your existing funding here

Wellcome – Innovator Awards – These awards support researchers who are transforming great ideas into healthcare innovations that could have a significant impact on human health. Researchers, individuals and teams from not-for profit and commercial organisations can apply.

Innovate UK Smart Awards – Closing Date: 27nd May 2020

UK Research and Innovation EPSRC – Call for Participants in a three-day Sandpit focused on Digital Technologies for Health and Care Closing Date: New closing date September 2020

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