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People in Scotland could soon benefit from innovative digital health technologies as the grantees for a pioneering fund were announced today.

The Healthier Lives Data Fund is a partnership between Nesta and the Scottish Government, which aims to support technologies that make data available and useful to citizens.

It will provide grants of up to £30,000 each to projects that use health and care data, from national statistics to insights from wearable technology like Fitbits, to improve the health of people living in Scotland.

Six digital innovative technologies have been awarded £30,000 each as part of the fund, including Pharmatics, Px Healthcare, University of Salford, Cognihealth, Nquiring Minds and University of Edinburgh.

The announcement is in line with the Scottish Government’s ambition that “everyone living in Scotland will have access to the digital information, tools and services they need to help maintain and improve their health and wellbeing.”

Nesta will work with all six grantees throughout the year and help them develop and test their innovations, with the aim of “unlocking the potential of a new generation of data-driven, people-facing digital technologies for Scotland’s healthcare sector.”

“We are really excited to announce the six grantees on the Healthier Lives Data Fund. Each day rich health and care data is collected about us. However, much of the value of this data is no access to citizens themselves,” Sinead Mac Manus, Senior Programme Manager at Nesta, said.

The programme will begin on the 1st of April and run to December 2019.