Award success for the West of Scotland Innovation Hub

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been recognised for its continued contribution to technological advancements, innovation and research and development, after two of its projects won prestigious Digital Health and Care Awards.

The West of Scotland Innovation Hub, which is hosted by NHSGGC, took home the Data Driven Innovation Award for NHSGGC's work in Pathology digitisation and AI, alongside partners iCAIRD at the fifth Holyrood Connect Digital Health and Care Awards in Edinburgh last night.

There was further success for the Hub in the Industry Collaboration Award category, where it was named this year’s winner for its work on the Dynamic AI COPD information and monitoring tool, which has been life-changing for patients.

The West of Scotland Innovation Hub, works with a range of partners to support health and social care innovation across the West of Scotland and address key challenges to improve health, social care and service delivery.

Dr Gareth Bryson, Consultant Pathologist and Clinical Director for Laboratory Medicine at NHSGGC, has played a key role in the Hub’s Pathology digitisation and AI project and accepted the award last night.

He said: “I’m thrilled for the entire team. To be nominated was a great achievement but being named as winners shows how highly regarded the work of those involved in this project is. For many health boards, pathology remains a heavily manual process. But thanks to this project, for the first time, we can instantly access current and archival images from any point on our network and have the potential to share information with colleagues around the world and truly unlock the value in our data.  We are already using that data to revolutionise the development of artificial intelligence in pathology to help further improve efficiency.”

As well as the two winners, four further NHSGGC projects were shortlisted for awards at the InterContinental Edinburgh the George.

Professor Julie Brittenden, Director of Research and Innovation at NHSGGC said: “Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners, I would like to thank them for their continued commitment and hard work. This recognition is testament to the entire West of Scotland Innovation Hub team, who are leading the way for innovation in health through a collaborative working model which includes partners within the NHS, academia and external leading industry experts.

JD Blackwood, iCAIRD programme manager, added: “It’s an honour to have our work recognised by the Digital Health and Care Awards, as we work to transform and convert the pathology clinical workflow in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to a fully digital pathology service.

“Collaboration is at the heart of iCAIRD’s work and this would not have been possible without the hard work of the West of Scotland Innovation Hub, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, laboratory, eHealth and Research and Innovation teams and the continued support of our contributing partners Philips. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who has worked across this project for their dedication.” 

As well as being nominated for six innovation awards, NHSGGC’s Dr Brian Digby, Consultant Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia and Chair of NHSGGC’s HEPMA Programme Board and Dr Alastair Bishop, eHealth Strategic Development and Programmes Manager & Safer Medicines Programme Lead, were shortlisted for the Digital Leader Award, as joint leaders in the eHealth category.

Denise Brown, Interim Director of eHealth at NHSGGC said: “Congratulations to both Dr Digby and Dr Bishop on their nomination. This is not just great recognition for our joint leaders, but for every member of the HEPMA team which is a collaboration between Pharmacy, clinical services and eHealth.”