Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme

The Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP) seeks to fundamentally change the way data and analytics are used to drive improvement in health outcomes, by fostering new relationships between the NHS, industry, academia, and the third sector.

IHDP Vision and Purpose

IHDP is a collaborative programme embedded in the Farr Institute Scotland with operations based in the University of Edinburgh. The programme brings leadership and focus to realise the vision of harnessing the power of informatics to link NHS Scotland’s rich data assets and deliver value rapidly to patients, healthcare professionals, and the wider NHS. All high performing healthcare systems internationally are supported by systematic data collection, collation, analysis, and sharing. NHS Scotland aspires to be recognised as one of those high performing systems and the IHDP has been established to provide the strategic framework to achieve this aim.

In order for IHDP to achieve its vision to fundamentally change the way data and analytics are used to drive improvement in health outcomes, the programme brings together expertise in clinical practice, data science, research and education, unleashing innovation across multiple fronts and with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver change.

While the programme’s initial focus is to design, develop and oversee the implementation of a cancer intelligence framework for Scotland, it has a clear remit to apply proven methodology to other clinical areas.

You can follow IHDP on Twitter @IHDPscot. Read more about IHDP’s work in this 100 Ways of Using Data to Make Lives Better case study.



The programme aims to:

  • harness the power of healthcare informatics to deliver value to patients, healthcare professionals and the NHS through collaboration with academia, industry and the third sector
  • act as a ‘translational hub’ between informatics and the NHS, Government, patients and citizens in Scotland
  • describe and demonstrate the benefits of achieving a Nationwide Learning Health System
  • inform how the IHDP Team approach other clinical areas in future
  • develop a national cancer data framework for Scotland, linking primary, secondary, and ultimately social care data to improve patient outcomes.

Scottish Cancer Intelligence Framework

IHDP’s initial focus is on the design, development and implementation of a cancer intelligence framework for Scotland.

Building on the lead from the Scottish Cancer Task Force and on recent developments and investments in informatics, data analytics, digital health, genomics and stratified medicines, IHDP will work to ensure that Scotland makes much better use of its rich cancer data assets to create the kind of data-driven care to which the NHS has long aspired.

The creation of a Scottish Cancer Intelligence Framework (SCIF) offers potential benefits to patients, clinicians, service planners, policy makers, researchers and others.  These include the ability to:

  • enable clinicians involved in the care of people living with cancer to have direct (near real time) access to cancer data
  • enable people living with cancer access to their own data to facilitate supported self-management
  • facilitate improved cancer audit in order to develop an ethos of continuous quality improvement, enabling inappropriate variations in treatment and outcomes to be identified and addressed
  • support better performance management and service planning of cancer services
  • benchmark cancer services and outcomes in Scotland with the rest of the UK and more widely
  • enhance research and innovation opportunities in Scotland


Professor Aileen Keel CBE

AILEEN KEEL is seconded from Scottish Government to the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh to lead the Innovative Healthcare Delivery Programme (IHDP). Aileen joined the Scottish Office (as was) as a Senior Medical Officer in the Department of Health in 1992. She was Deputy Chief Medical Officer in Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates from 1999 to 2014. Between April 2014 and May 2015 she was acting Chief Medical Officer.  She is Chair of the Scottish Cancer Task Force, Co-chair of COMQI (Clinical Outcomes and Measures for Quality Improvement) and has an Honorary Chair at the University of Edinburgh.

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Chief Information Officer

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Programme Manager

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