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Delivering expert innovation services to NHS Scotland

Innovation Explained

Innovation is the invention, development, production and use of products, medicines, therapeutics, approaches and supporting services which create the opportunity to make major improvements to health and healthcare.

It is an exciting leap forward - sometimes the result of brand new knowledge, but more often it’s an experimental change or a combination of existing ideas and experiences. In essence, it improves upon something that came before or fixes a problem that needs a solution, and whether small or incremental, large or disruptive – it’s all about change.

Within health innovation this could range from a medical device, a piece of technology, software or service offering – there really are no boundaries. People and organisations are always creating new ideas, services, and products and adapting old ones to fit their changing circumstances.

NHS Scotland is no different. New and emerging technologies, new ways of connecting people, and ideas, from around the world and across sectors, is creating exciting opportunities for breakthroughs in how health problems are solved. Innovation really is key to delivering a new model of healthcare that meets the challenges and expectations of modern society.

Many of the products and companies supported by SHIL have helped deliver better patient care while simultaneously improving quality and efficiency, releasing savings through increased productivity.

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