Dr. Scott G Cunningham

Technical Consultant


Division of Molecular & Clinical Medicine
Clinical Technology Centre, Level 7
Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, DD1 9SY

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Dr Scott Cunningham is Technical Consultant at the University of Dundee and has more than fifteen years of experience in software architecture design, development and project management within healthcare. He is technical lead for NHS Scotland’s shared electronic record for diabetes: SCI Diabetes Collaboration (SCI-DC). This system has been hugely influential in the understanding of diabetes and received an award for “Excellence in Major Healthcare IT Development” at the eHealth Insider Awards in 2011.

Scott has an active research interest in the patient-focused aspects of health informatics and led the development of NHS Scotland’s patient website My Diabetes My Way: www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk. This award-winning website (“Award for Education and Self-management”, Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference, 2015; “Best initiative supporting self-care”, Quality in Care Diabetes, 2013) allows patients across Scotland direct access to their diabetes record. Scott and his team have a track record of taking research development grants to the level of fully integrated national services.


Scott’s research interests include the novel use of computer systems to:

  • support direct patient care
  • assist patient self-management
  • analyse and interpret large population-based clinical datasets
  • support epidemiological research


Refereed Journal Papers

Conway N, Campbell I, Forbes P, Cunningham S, Wake D (2015) mHealth applications for diabetes – user preference and implications for app development. Health Informatics Journal, In Press

Cunningham SG, Carinci, F, Brillante M, Leese G, McAlpine R, Azzopardi J, Beck P, Bratina N, Boucquet V, Doggen K, Jarosz-Chobot P, Jecht M, Lindblad U, Moulton T, Metelko Z, Nagy A, Olympios G, Pruna S, Skeie S, Storms F, Di Ioria C, Massi Benedetti M (2015) Defining a European diabetes data dictionary for clinical audit and healthcare delivery: core standards of the EUBIROD project. Methods of Information in Medicine, In Press

Cunningham SG, Brillante M, Allardice B, McAlpine RR, Wilson LL, Walker J, Emslie-Smith A, Richards H, Tucker L, Wake DJ (2014) My Diabetes My Way: Providing online support for diabetes self-care in Scotland. Diabetes & Primary Care, 16(3): 123–128

Cunningham SG, Wake DJ, Waller A, Morris AD, Walker J (2013) My Diabetes My Way: an electronic personal health record for diabetes. The British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease, 13(3):143-149

Di Iorio CT, Carinci F, Brillante M, Azzopardi J, Beck P, Bratina N, Cunningham SG, De Beaufort C, Debacker N, Jarosz-Chobot P, Jecht M, Lindblad U, Moulton T, Metelko Ž, Nagy A, Olympios G, Pruna S, Røder M, Skeie S, Storms F, Massi Benedetti M (2013) Cross-border flow of health information: is ‘privacy by design’ enough? Privacy performance assessment in EUBIROD. European Journal of Public Health 23(2):247-253

Wake DJ, Cunningham SG (2013) ‘Digital Diabetes’- Looking to the future. The British Journal of Diabetes & Vascular Disease, 13(1):13-20

Kennon B, Leese GP, Cochrane L, Colhoun H, Wild S, Stang D, Sattar N, Pearson D, Lindsay RS, Morris AD, Livingstone S, Young M, McKnight J, Cunningham S (2012) Reduced Incidence of Lower-Extremity Amputations in People With Diabetes in Scotland: A nationwide study. Diabetes Care 34(12):2588-2590

Cunningham S, McAlpine R, Leese G, Brennan G, Sullivan F, Connacher A, Waller A, Boyle DIR, Greene S, Wilson E, Emslie-Smith A, Morris AD (2011) Using Web Technology to Support Population-Based Diabetes Care. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 5(3):523-534

Stang D, Cunningham S, Leese G (2010) The SCI-DC experience. The Diabetic Foot Journal, 13(1):10-16

Greene A, Pagliari C, Cunningham S, Donnan P, Evans J, Emslie-Smith A, Morris A, Guthrie G (2009) Do managed clinical networks improve quality of diabetes care? Evidence from a retrospective mixed methods evaluation. Quality & Safety in Health Care, 18:456-461

Di Iorio C T, Carinci F, Azzopardi J, Baglioni V, Beck P, Cunningham S, Evripidou A, Leese G, Loevaas K F, Olympios G, Orsini Federici M, Pruna S, Palladino P, Skeie S, Taverner P, Traynor V, Massi Benedetti M (2009) Privacy impact assessment in the design of transnational public health information systems: the BIRO project. Journal of Medical Ethics, 35:753-761

Evans JMM, Guthrie B, Pagliari C, Greene A, Morris AD, Cunningham S, Donnan PT (2008) Do general practice characteristics influence uptake of an information technology (IT) innovation in primary care? Informatics in Primary Care, 16(1):3-8, 2008

Leese G, Schofield C, McMurray B, Libby G, Golden J, MacAlpine R, Cunningham S, Morris A, Flett M, Griffiths G (2007) Scottish foot ulcer risk score predicts foot ulcer healing in a regional specialist foot clinic. Diabetes Care, 30(8):2064-2069

Leese GP, Reid F, Green V, McAlpine R, Cunningham S, Emslie-Smith AM, Morris AD, McMurray B, Connacher AC. (2006) Stratification of foot ulcer risk in patients with diabetes: a population-based study. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 60(5): 541-545

Pagliari C, Clark D, Hunter K, Boyle D, Cunningham S, Morris A, Sullivan F (2003) DARTS 2000 online diabetes management system: formative evaluation in clinical practice. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 9(4):391-400

Pagliari C, Hunter K, Boyle D, Cunningham S, Clark D, Morris A (2003) Implementing a web-based information system to support a managed clinical network for diabetes in Tayside.  Diabetes and Primary Care, 5:34-40

Leese GP, Ellingford A, Morris AD, Ellis JD, Cunningham S (2003) Screening using compressed digital retinal images successfully identifies retinopathy. Diabetes Care, 26(1):247

Boyle DIR, Cunningham SG (2002) Resolving fundamental quality issues in linked datasets for clinical care. Health Informatics Journal, 8(2):73-77

Boyle DI, Cunningham S, Sullivan FM, Morris A (2001) Technology integration for the provision of population-based equitable patient care: The Tayside Regional Diabetes Network - a brief description Diabetes Nutrition & Metabolism, 14(2):100-103

Book Chapters

Cunningham SG, Wake DJ, Waller A, Morris AD (2014) Definitions of eHealth in Gaddi A, Capello F, Manca M eHealth, Care and Quality of Life, Springer-Verlag Italia, Milan, 15-30

Cunningham S, Leese G, Brillante M (2009) Standardised Diabetes Data Definitions in Best Information through Regional Outcomes: a Shared European Diabetes Information System for Policy and Practice, Perugia, Italy, 73-91


Conference Abstracts

Cunningham SG, Brillante M, Allardice B, Wilson L, McAlpine RR, Wake DJ (2015) My Diabetes My Way: supporting diabetes self-management, Diabetic Medicine, 32(Suppl. 1):3

Cunningham SG, Brillante M, Allardice B, McAlpine RR, Wilson L, Kerr R, Walker J, Emslie-Smith A and Wake DJ (2014) My Diabetes My Way, an electronic personal health record for diabetes care: an update at 3 years, Diabetic Medicine, 31(Suppl. 1):115

Cunningham SG, Morris RG, Flach C, Urquhart WM, Taylor A, Dickson I, Walker J and Emslie-Smith A (2014) SCI-Diabetes: a population-based shared electronic record for diabetes, Diabetic Medicine, 31(Suppl. 1):172

Cunningham SG, Wake DJ, Morris AD, Waller A, Walker J (2013) My Diabetes My Way: an electronic personal health record for people with diabetes, Diabetologia 56(Suppl. 1):S430

Cunningham SG, McAlpine RR, Brillante M, Wilson L, Waller A, Emslie-Smith A, Walker J, Morris A, Wake D (2012) My Diabetes My Way: Empowering people with diabetes through electronic record access, Diabetologia 55(Suppl. 2):S407

Cunningham SG, Brillante M, McAlpine RR, Wake D, Waller A, Walker J, Emslie-Smith A, Morris A (2012) My Diabetes My Way: Empowering people with diabetes through electronic record access, Diabetic Medicine 29(Suppl. 1):20

Cunningham SG, Emslie-Smith A, Morris RG, McAlpine RR, Morris AD (2011) SCI-DC: efficient and effective quality improvement in NHS Scotland, Diabetic Medicine 28(Suppl. 1):16

Cunningham SG, McAlpine RR, Wyatt JC, Brillante M, Emslie-Smith A, Walker J, Waller A, Kerr R, Jackson M, Morris AD (2011) Patients’ expectations of electronic record access, Diabetic Medicine 28(Suppl. 1):125

Cunningham SG, Bath L, Black C, Colhoun H, Fischbacher C, Houliston M, McAlpine RR, McKnight J, Peden N, Robertson L, Scott M, Waugh N, Wild S (2010) The Scottish diabetes survey 2008, Diabetic Medicine 27(Suppl. 1):128

Cunningham SG, Leese G, Morris AD, Boyle DIR (2008) Best information through regional outcomes: defining a European diabetes data dictionary Diabetic Medicine 25(Suppl. 1):60

Cunningham SG, Culross F, Thomson A, Kerr R, McCue P, Gibson L, Clark D, Roberts L, Wilson E, Emslie-Smith A (2008) The patient-held record for diabetes care Diabetic Medicine 25(Suppl. 1):83

Cunningham SG, Anderson C, Black A, Cameron J, Chisholm S, Matheson L, Robertson M, Voigt D, Purvey G (2006) Audit of patient-contact recorded by the Diabetes Specialist Nurse Diabetic Medicine 23(Suppl. 2):66

Cunningham SG, McAlpine RR, Boyle DIR, Morris AD (2006) Automated ascertainment of the increased prevalence of Diabetes in a United Kingdom population Diabetic Medicine 23(Suppl. 2):101-102

Cunningham SG, Purvey G, Morris G, Boyle DIR, Dickson I, Harvey R (2005) Supporting the new GMS Contract: key functionality for a national diabetes computing system Diabetic Medicine 22(Suppl. 2):81

Cunningham SG, McAlpine RR, Boyle DIR, Emslie-Smith A, Crawford E, Dickson I, Falconer J, Harvey R (2004) Delivering the general practice contract quality indicators for diabetes: comparison of data derived from the general practice and a community-based record Diabetic Medicine 21(Suppl. 2):54

Cunningham SG, McAlpine RR, Boyle DIR, Falconer J, McKnight J (2004) Automating the Scottish Diabetes Survey: key functionality for a national diabetes computing system Diabetic Medicine 21(Suppl. 2):86

Cunningham SG, Boyle DIR, McAlpine RR, Hunter K, Morris AD (2003) From DARTS to SCI-DC: the impact of system re-design on utilisation and user perception of a web-based diabetes clinical management system Diabetic Medicine 20(Suppl. 2):117-118

Cunningham SG, Boyle DIR, McAlpine R, Hunter K, Pagliari C, Gregor P, Napier L, Morris AD, Robertson K (2002) Evaluation of a population-based, web-based diabetes information system. Diabetologia 45(Suppl. 2):A323

Cunningham S, Boyle DIR, Connacher A, Emslie-Smith A, Hunter K, Morris AD (2002) Evaluation of real-time web-based practice audit tool for the assessment of diabetes care Diabetic Medicine 19(Suppl. 2):27


  • International Diabetes Federation Conference, Vancouver, Canada, December 2015
  • FARR Institute Conference, St Andrews, August 2015
  • Convergent Technologies Event, Clydebank, May 2015
  • United4Health project Assembly, Galicia, Spain, May 2015
  • Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference, London, March 2015
  • eHealth Scotland 2015, Edinburgh, February 2015
  • Highland Diabetes MCN Symposium, November 2014
  • Tayside ‘Living with Diabetes’ Day, Perth, November 2014
  • Digital Health and Care Conference, Edinburgh, November 2014
  • British Computer Society Health Informatics Conference, Glasgow, September 2014







Scott has presented his work and represented his projects at numerous national and international Conferences. He has contributed to consultations on electronic personal health records co-ordinated by the Scottish Government and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Projects for which he is responsible have also led to numerous awards:

  • Award for Education and Self-management, Diabetes UK Professional Conference, March 2015
  • BMA Patient Information Awards – Commendation, September 2014
  • Best Online Stakeholder Site, Institute of Internal Communications, March 2014
  • Best Initiative Supporting Self Care, Quality in Care Diabetes, October 2013
  • NHS Tayside Quality Awards 2012 - Second Place, NHS Tayside, December 2012
  • Best NHS Scotland IT service delivery team, BCS Health Scotland, September 2012
  • Excellence in Major Healthcare IT Development, eHealth Insider Awards, October 2011
  • Patient and Public Involvement, Diabetes in Scotland Conference, March 2010