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Brian Mckinstry

Emeritus Professor of Primary Care E-Health, The University of Edinburgh

Brian McKinstry is a general practitioner and Emeritus Professor of Primary Care eHealth at the University of Edinburgh. He leads SHARE the Scottish Health Research Register ( and until recently he led the Telescot programme of research into telehealth (

His research interests are mainly around remote information exchange between clinicians and patients, more recently focussed on eHealth and telehealthcare. The Telescot programme has carried out multiple randomised controlled trials and descriptive/qualitative studies in this area. These studies include telemonitoring of chronic obstructive airways disease, heart failure, high blood pressure (HBP) and diabetes, remote measurement of cough and respiratory rate, the use of machine learning on patient accrued data to develop improved telemonitoring algorithms and video-consulting in general practice. He is clinical lead for Scale-Up BP, a large-scale implementation of telemonitoring of HBP, and is exploring the use of routinely acquired data to evaluate this. He has with colleagues in the Scottish Government developed and is testing a home telemonitoring system to detect deterioration in people recently diagnosed with COVID-19.


  • –present
    Emeritus professor, The University of Edinburgh