Secondary Care

Moorfields to trial clinical decision support for front line nurses

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has partnered with Dem Dx to support paediatric nursing staff with clinical decision support from Dem Dx.

The trial, which started on 10th May, will see 13 paediatric nurses at Moorfields trained to use the new platform, which will assist them in triaging conditions such as various types of conjunctivitis, cellulitis and acute onset squints in children.

It is hoped that this technology will lead to earlier and more accurate detection of common eye diseases in children, shorter waiting times for patients and carers, and more efficient use of clinical and laboratory tests. The Trust are also collaborating with Dem Dx to incorporate machine-learning into the platform.

As part of the research, over 1 million anonymised historical clinical records will be mined to support the development of machine learning that will optimise the accuracy and relevance of the clinical advice provided to the paediatric nurses, based upon real-world clinical evidence.

David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital “At Moorfields we’re constantly seeking the latest technological advancements to help us continue delivering excellent patient care. Our nursing workforce plays a hugely important role in delivering the best care for our patients and opportunities such this allow them to be at the forefront of exciting developments in medical technology.”

Maria Theodorou, consultant paediatric ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital “The platform will complement current training of nursing staff, who are the first port of call when children present with acute eye problems.  It will improve knowledge and confidence, allowing triage and initiation of investigations in a timely manner which will assist with medical clinical decision making and further improve the patient pathway.  The collaboration between Moorfields and Dem Dx will allow our combined expertise to develop this exciting innovative training platform.”

Lorin Gresser, founder and chief executive officer for Dem Dx  “We are tremendously excited to partner with Moorfields Eye Hospital. Moorfields has a global reputation for the quality of the patient care that it provides, and we look forward to supporting them as they expand the role of nurse practitioners in triage.”