At our May breakfast we welcomed Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, an innovation centre helping organisations leverage the value of data for economic and social benefit.
Gillian opened up with a journey into the future, all the way to 2035 to illustrate how the world might look with the use and impact that data, robotics and artificial intelligence may have on our lives. She case studied a typical day for her daughter who will be almost 30 by then. Using biometric tattoos or chip implants our whole lives could be diarized out for us. Robots will help us around home and in work life, while driverless cars and the ‘hyper loop’ will transport us from Glasgow to London in 35 minutes for a night out on the town.
Gillian’s predictions were fascinating and the busy breakfast audience hung on her every word. She also answered any critics who said it was pie in the sky – “this technology is already being taken seriously, none of it is fiction – it is all in R&D and in some cases production. There is no holding it back!”
The big question of the day was; “how can Scotland get involved?” Scotland is a nation of inventors and it’s through innovation that we can win as a nation. The Data Lab, run by Gillian, is here to help companies drive technology and innovation. Fundamentally innovation is what drives technology and with a £20 billion opportunity for the Scottish economy Gillian is keen to get businesses collaborating to enjoy their share of what the future holds for us all.
She also showed how companies such as Aggreko and the Beatson are already benefiting from the use of algorithms to provide predictive analytics with equipment maintenance and patient treatment plans.
It was an incredibly fascinating and insightful presentation, and all in all every single profession will be disrupted by technology in the future, so let’s get involved today.
Thanks again to Gillian who can be contacted for more information:
Nations all over the world are facing the same inexorable challenges – affordable quality of life for growing numbers of older citizens, who must cope with a rising incidence of chronic disease(s). Individuals (both as consumers and taxpayers) and Governments are worrying about the projected cost of necessary health and care services.
What’s this all about and how can business help provide the growing demand for services within the Health, care and wellness industry. Our guest speakers at this very special 5th birthday breakfast bash (easy for me to say!) were the duo and digital health & care innovation experts from Citrus Mind; Ian Sibbald and Bill Grant.
Ian kicked off the presentation by setting the scene with some astonishing facts – the worlds population is forecast to grow by 25% over the next 25 years, and not just because of a higher birth rate, much of this is to do with the increase in life expectancy. In short this means we are facing a shifting age profile and need an increasing number of services to provide for them. “This is where business comes in” explained Ian – “businesses who traditionally would not see themselves as a digital health provider can now get involved regardless of their size”
Once we were equipped with the facts and understood the growing opportunities Bill then took over to talk about the ‘Integrated Health and Care Agenda’ and how as a National Advisor he and Ian can help support businesses break into this sector.
Bill explained that the supply chain is growing and it appears there are greater numbers of small businesses collaborating to supply and support the sector. The message that came across was to look at where the opportunities are and think ‘out of the box’. What new and innovative ideas can we see when looking at the challenges and problems facing health care? It’s not just about supplying directly either – many of the major suppliers are looking for sub-contractors especially those with new and exciting ideas.
It was a fascinating presentation into an area I knew little about and I’m sure helped everyone see that, despite not having previously supplied the health sector there are opportunities they where not aware of.