Harkness Project Title: Describing the Spectrum of ‘glocal’ e-Health Policy Issues and Promoting Interest in Inter-Jurisdictional e-Health Policy Development
Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Richard Scott is an associate professor in the Global e-Health Research and Training Program of the Health Telematics Unit (University of Calgary), and a Fulbright New Century Scholar. He has nearly 30 years of training, research, and healthcare experience in three countries (UK, USA, Canada) as a medical laboratory technologist, clinical chemist, clinical and forensic toxicologist, director of research, and e-health researcher. This included training in the US (Mayo Graduate School of Medicine) and practice in Canada (Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation [AHSC], New Brunswick). As Director of Research at AHSC he was responsible for the design and evaluation for four province-wide telehealth applications. His research interests and e-health experience have culminated in his return to academia at the University of Calgary. Because of his recent international experience as a Fulbright scholar, his research has been redirected towards e-health issues of global and national importance: inter-jurisdictional e-health policy, outcomes evaluation, and environmental e-health. He has developed the "Global e-Health Policy Matrix Model," and developed several e-health policy research tools. He was recently awarded two International Opportunity grants from Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) to support development of e-health research activities in Cameroon and Mexico. Scott is a founding member of the Canadian Society of Telehealth (CST) and the current vice president and president-elect. He is also chairperson for the CST International Committee, and member of the Policy and Standards Committee.
Project: Scott’s project had two objectives: to identify and describe common and unique e-health-related policy issues in six countries (Mexico, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, U.K., U.S.), and to use this information to inform and promote debate around ‘inter-jurisdictional’ e-health policy development – that is, policies that address the ‘borderless-ness’ of e-health. Scott used an Internet-based key informant survey and literature review to identify e-health related issues and policies.
Current Position : Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary (Updated June 2013)