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Young People Examine Health Tech

Digital technology and how it can help young people to manage their health and wellbeing is the focus of a new project being run by Young Scot in partnership with the Technology Enabled Care Programme at the Scottish Government.  

Young Scot will be hosting four workshops across Scotland to explore digital health with young people and bring together their ideas for technology enabled care. The first workshop has taken place in Edinburgh. Further events are being planned in in Angus, North Lanarkshire, and Argyll & Bute later this year. 

Young participants from each workshop will be invited to form a Digital Health and Care Youth Team, who will use the insight from across the events, as well as their own diverse experiences and research, to set out recommendations and solutions for the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care Programme. 

The Digital Health and Care Youth Team project builds on the report by the Young Scot: Healthier Scotland Youth Investigation Team from 2015. The new group will be looking at topics in the original report and how digital technology can support physical and health education in schools, build understanding about mental health, improve relationships with health professionals, and improve diet and fitness. 

Margaret Whoriskey, Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation, Scottish Government said, “In a world dominated by the internet and the use of Smart Devices, young people look to and strongly rely on these platforms as a source for health and well-being information and tools. Technology Enabled Care has a role to play in facilitating accessible and reliable digital services that supports young people to have a voice in managing their health and well-being but also encourage open dialogue with health and care professionals on what matters to them.” 

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said, “Many young people are already using apps to help them manage their personal mental and physical health, and digital services are increasingly becoming the norm not the exception for some young people. If Scotland wants to take a lead in technology enabled care, then we need to use the enthusiasm, insight and knowledge of young people and ensure a inclusive approach to design and delivery to ensure that digital inequality does not lead to some young people experiencing poorer health outcomes.”