Wallscope: driving innovation in the public sector

Our role in the Scottish Government’s CivTech pilot scheme

As one of the eight winning companies taking part in the CivTech pilot, Wallscope is now working with the NHS to help make their data publications more accessible and appealing.

Wallscope beat fierce competition from over 80 businesses to win a place on the programme, which aims to provide ‘an unprecedented route for entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and other businesses to develop the benefits of digital transformation in the public sector’. Applicants were judged on their idea, the level of innovation and commercial potential, as well as business acumen and team skills.

Businesses were initially invited to respond to one of six challenges from public sector sponsors, including the Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS Scotland, which is well known for producing national statistical publications. Wallscope’s successful bid offered them a solution to their problem – to make national data of greater use at local levels and to a wider spectrum of users.

Within large organisations like the NHS knowledge access has become a huge challenge – finding the right information at the right time is time consuming and costly. Wallscope’s groundbreaking API – the Verinote – provides the ideal solution to these challenges. Using the API enables machines as well as people to understand, share and engage with data in real time.

The API can directly link topics, concepts and associations that span a vast number of sources. This significantly reduces the time spent on the preparation and distribution of information – and makes the data presented more meaningful, accessible and relevant to the end user.

This has the potential to be of immense value to the NHS – for example in linking information relating to areas where drugs are prescribed or where particular infections are prevalent, using geodata.

Working closely with the NHS, Wallscope has now embarked on three months of intensive product and business development as part of the ‘Accelerator’ phase of the CivTech programme. Based at CodeBase in Edinburgh, one of the fastest growing technology incubators in the UK, the Accelerator also includes workshops on running a successful business with public sector clients.

Wallscope’s Technology Director Ian Allaway said: ‘We’re embracing the opportunity to demonstrate the power of this technology and prove it can provide results in an industry environment. It’s also an excellent platform for us to take advantage of a range of business development and marketing opportunities.’