Interactive Design student’s healthcare app in the running for Scottish Digital Business Award

Edinburgh College Interactive Design student Scott Boobis has been shortlisted for a national business award after developing a prototype healthcare app designed to assist people in accessing medical support.

Thirty-two-year-old Scott has been shortlisted in the Student category at the Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards 2018 which recognises emerging talent amongst students enrolled in full-time education at a Scottish college or university.

Scott submitted his Wellbeing app, a working prototype designed to enhance and improve the healthcare experience for patients with accessibility issues. The app, which also formed part of the final Graded Unit project for Scott’s Interactive Design course, aims to enhance patient experience and benefit not only the patient but healthcare professionals too.

The app is a healthcare planner which hosts information on a patient’s appointments, treatments, prescriptions and GP notes in one accessible place and aims to benefit anyone who may have issues in managing or accessing healthcare.

The criteria for the category was to submit a project which demonstrates creativity, new ways of thinking and potential impact.

Scott said: “I am proud that my work has been recognised out-with the College and I’m very excited to attend the award ceremony. It will be my first awards event for something I have created and invested a lot of time and effort in. My course really helped me to learn the fundamentals of design and to develop my creative process which aided me in designing the app. I wanted to create something which could work alongside the current healthcare system to improve accessibility.”

Edinburgh College lecturer Chris Hughes said: “Scott is a fantastic designer and his work on the healthcare app is very much deserving of the award. He has used his design skills and creativity to come up with something with the potential to impact the healthcare of people across the country. He should be really proud of what he has achieved and of being recognised amongst some of Scotland’s top digital businesses.”

The Herald Digital Business Awards, held in association with Digital Boost, highlight the achievements made by Scotland’s leading digital technology companies.

The ceremony is taking place on Wednesday 10 October at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. Good luck, Scott!