A new online service that will help people link up with health and wellbeing services in their local area was unveiled on Thursday.
The £10 million digital health, care and wellbeing project Living it Up (LiU) technology matches an individual’s needs and interests with professional information, local services, and beneficial activities and events in their community.
LiU provides personalised advice on improving and managing health and wellbeing. The unique technology matches an individual’s needs and interests with professional information, local services, and beneficial activities and events in their community.
It is accessed via familiar technology such as televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets and games consoles. The project is also trialling video conferencing between patients and health care professionals.
Health Secretary Alex Neil launched the project during a visit to The Peak sports complex in Stirling, where he met users Bernard McGuckin, 61, who is on the lung transplant waiting list, and Betty McFarlane, 57, who has received a lung transplant.
Mr Neil said technology like this will help Scotland’s health service lead the way in delivering innovative care.
“Importantly it looks at care in a rounded way – not just treating people as patients but linking them into their local community and helping them to pursue interests that keep them healthy,” Mr Neil said.
Following Thursday’s launch, LiU will be available to people living in the Forth Valley, Lothian, Moray, Highlands, Argyle and Bute and the Western Islands.
The project aims to have 55,000 users across Scotland by May 2015.