Construction Innovation Hub helps to digitise Scotland’s healthcare estate

David Philp

The Construction Innovation Hub has revealed it is working with NHS Scotland to accelerate the digitisation of the nation’s healthcare estate.

Boasting thousands of assets and properties, NHS Scotland is transforming the way it manages data across the 14 territorial health boards and eight national health boards.

The project brings change across the NHS Scotland estate from rural GP surgeries to city hospitals.

The Construction Innovation Hub has collaborated on an interactive toolkit to provide a framework for the design, build and maintenance of NHS Scotland’s built assets.

Other collaborative work includes a newly published bespoke digital twin navigator as part of a series of navigators produced by the Hub to provide a framework for organisations to consider digital twinning into a project.

The new guide has been tipped to help inform a clear digital twin strategy throughout the lifecycle of a build, which will also influence any modelling and wider impacted networks.

David Philp, impact director for the Construction Innovation Hub, said, “Through engagement with NHS Scotland Assure, we have been helping create a framework and tools to establish the high-level principles, methods and the target technology architecture needed to create a digital and connected estate. This work underpins the NHS Scotland drive towards a Digital Estate and an information led approach through Assurance and Improvement Management Systems (AIMS), their enterprise level common data environment (CDE).”

Louise Sykes, senior digital estate and asset management advisor for NHS Scotland Assure, part of NHS National Services Scotland, added, “The collaboration with the Construction Innovation Hub has been instrumental in assisting health boards with their digital transformation journeys. We are now working together on further innovative developments, including a digital estate prioritisation tool. This will be rolled out and implemented as part of an ambition to digitise the Scottish healthcare built environment at scale.”