Confirmed speakers

Professor George Crooks O.B.E.

Medical Director, NHS 24 and Scottish Ambulance Service
Director for the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT)

George’s role with NHS 24 encompasses supporting the governance, quality and safety of all clinical services; developing new services in partnership with other NHS organisations; management oversight of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and the National Telecare Development Programme; and leading information governance, business continuity and emergency planning.

George was a General Practitioner in Aberdeen for 22 years. He subsequently became Director of Primary Care for NHS Grampian, with responsibility for all community-based independent contractor services. George has a particular interest in the field of unscheduled care, including the development of common assessment and triage processes across the NHS and the use of technology to support the delivery of high quality patient care to the population of Scotland.

In 2011 George was elected President of the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) and is also Chair of the Scottish Assisted Living Programme Board, leading on the at scale delivery of telehealth services.

Jim Millard

Branch Head/Senior Policy Adviser, Scottish Government

John Matheson

Director of Health Finance, eHealth and Pharmaceuticals,
Scottish Government

John has over 35 years' experience in the public sector, including 25 as Finance Director both at Health Board level and, for the past 5 years, within Central Government as Director of Health Finance. His responsibilities also include eHealth and Pharmacy.

Part of John's role is to oversee the Scottish Government's eHealth Programme with the strategic objective to support improvements in patient care and service performance in line with Ministerial objectives. The eHealth Programme aims to improve patient care through advances in technology, resulting in better access to health information, quicker test results for clinicians and joined-up GP and hospital services. The scope of eHealth includes all IT systems, information and records management, process change and skills development required for healthcare delivery, including supporting infrastructure and business systems.

John is currently a member of CIPFA's UK Council and chairs the International Strategy Board.

Line Helen Linstad

Department Manager Prevention & Self Management, Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care & Telemedicine (NST)

Line has a wealth of experience within telemedicine and eHealth. Facilitating processes for financing, accomplishing and managing several research and development projects on national and international level has been her main responsibility.

Seppo Heikkilä

Senior Consultant/EU-Expert, DEVEPLAN Management Consulting