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My World, My Health: using data to help keep you well


Sponsored content: take part in a project exploring how data sharing can impact health outcomes.

Did you ever wonder whether the care you receive from your GP and other health professionals could be personalised to meet your needs? Could they support you better if they knew more about you, your lifestyle and your wider circumstances?

The My World, My Health project aims to explore such scenarios. Through a series of workshops, interviews and a survey, we have been engaging with a range of people to discuss the wider factors that contribute to our wellbeing and how data linked to these could be used better to our benefit.

These wider factors are not necessarily medical in nature and include the environment, our employment, lifestyle and even the community or society that we live in. This is not because we want to move the discussion away from clinical data, but instead we want to broaden it and imagine ways in which information that is already being collected by various organisations could be put to better use.

For example, your GP will know about your physical and mental health and any medications you might take. Your employer will also know some of this information, depending on your circumstances, as well as information related to your income and past employment. And other organisations, such as supermarkets, public transport providers and numerous tech companies might know about your shopping habits, travel destinations and even activity or social connections.

What if some of this data was available to you and shared across organisations with the aim of helping you stay well? How do you feel about this type of data sharing? Where might it work best and how can it be designed so you’re in control?

Since November, we have engaged with the Scottish public to hear their views on the subject. Based on initial responses, we launched a survey which poses some additional scenarios and provocations to get your views: take part in the survey now.

If you take part, you will have the option to enter your details to be in with a chance of winning a £100 shopping voucher. The survey closes on 5 February 2021 and winners will be contacted by 19 February 2021. So take part now and join the conversation exploring people’s views on how information can be better used for health and wellbeing.

The My World, My Health project is run by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and commissioned by Nesta on behalf of the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government will draw on the findings from this and other work in developing their approaches to data sharing and service design.

For up to date on the project, visit the My World, My Health project page.



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