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Reality of diabetes highlighted to digital healthcare conference

19 November 2012

Personal experiences of diabetes and the benefits of the latest technology will be discussed at the P4 Digital 2012 conference at Eden Court in Inverness tomorrow and Wednesday (20 and 22 November)

A panel session titled “P4 and Diabetes: Personal Insights” will feature two people with insulin-dependent diabetes who are supported by the NHS Highland Diabetes Centre.

The session will offer some insights into the practicalities of using digital technology to manage insulin-dependent diabetes on a daily basis.  This includes the challenges of coping with everyday life at the same time as getting the most benefit from digital technology such as insulin pumps, blood glucose meters and smartphone apps - and what happens when things don't go according to plan.

Over 200 doctors, researchers, technical experts and business leaders from across the country are gathering at the fifth national conference to discuss the latest developments in digital healthcare.

Organised by development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), P4 Digital 2012 is focusing on the innovative use of digital technology to promote health and prevent illness.

P4 Digital 2012 is the latest in a series of successful events looking at the cutting edge of digital healthcare. These events have evolved from a unique network of forward thinking leaders from industry, academia and statutory healthcare who are actively working to create new and different ways of delivering health and care in response to growing global challenges.

Professor George Crooks OBE, Medical Director at NHS 24, is opening the conference by presenting the 10 year plan for digital healthcare in Scotland.

Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah's Physiologist, Dr. Barry Fudge - who is Senior Physiologist at the English Institute of Sport - will explain the role of technology in the delivery of physiological support to world class track and field athletes. Other speakers include representatives from the Food Standards Agency, Brand Aura, The Alloy, and Inverness College UHI.

Topics on the programme include the role of digital technology in mental health, the changing role of primary care, P4 and diabetes, doing business in an accelerating market, and disruptive technologies. Each day will also include a number of break-out sessions, with panels hosted by leading experts across digital technology and healthcare. These include Pennie Taylor, journalist and health communications specialist; Dr Ken Proctor, NHS Highland Associate Medical Director; and Dr Bradley Wilson and Dr Haidar Samiei of iED Applications.

Keynote speaker Jeremy Cummin will also be announcing a significant development supporting the further growth of the Digital Health interests in the region, with the launch of his new company.

P4 Digital 2012 will take place at Eden Court on November 20 and 21. For more information or to book your place, please visit our P4 Digital section or contact Mairi Macleod at

You can also follow the event on Twitter - @HILifeSciences #P4Digital2012


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