Holyrood virtual roundtable: future-proofing society and promoting interoperability in our healthcare systems

Chaired by Pennie Taylor, the roundtable was kickstarted by short presentations from Professor Andrew Morris, Health Data Research UK, Dr Paul Campbell, NHS National Services Scotland and Dr Chris Carlin, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The second half of the event focused on the three key aspects of promoting interoperability:

  • What are the key elements?
  • What steps need to be taken?
  • What resources are required to start this transition?

Scottish Roundtable: Future-proofing society – promoting interoperability in our healthcare systems

Next steps

  • There is a need for an ethical approach, which is being considered through the Scottish Government’s forthcoming AI Strategy – and the need for public dialogue, as well as ‘learning by doing’.
  • We must ensure that the rules of engagement are clear, we need a fair policy wind.
  • We need to be clear about what we are trying to lead to create the integrity of a trustworthy data ecosystem, which would be characterised by a level playing field and a low barrier to entry.
  • Co-design is being taken to patients for their input and exemplars are being set up, however, we need to move faster than we have done in the past.


  • Pennie Taylor (Chair) – Health specialist
  • Dr Peter Bannister - Executive Chair of IET Healthcare Sector
  • Dr Chris Carlin - Consultant Physician, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • Andrew Morris - Director of Health Data Research UK
  • Dr Paul Cambell - Clinical Director, Clinical Informatics Team, NHS NSS
  • Chaloner Chute - Chief Technology Officer, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre
  • Professor George Crooks - Chief Executive, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre
  • Euan Cameron - Chief Executive, Cohesion Medical
  • David Alexander - CEO & Chief Platform Architect, Mydex CIC
  • Clare Morrison - Director of Scotland, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Fiona Strachan - Chief Operating Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme
  • Emma Harper MSP
  • Karen O'Hanlon - Acting Director of Health and Wellbeing, The Data Lab
  • David Hancock - Healthcare Executive Advisor, InterSystems
  • Graeme Chalk - Programme Director, CliniSys
  • Professor Neil Hawkins - Health Economics & Health Technology Assessment, University of Glasgow
  • Brian Whittle - MSP for South Scotland (Scottish Conservative)