Secondary Care

Moorfields awards £1.1m triage tool contract

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS FT has awarded £1.1 million to Dem Dx for its triaging tool.

The triage platform is to be used by healthcare teams as a clinical reasoning tool, to support the triage process in the specialist eye hospital.

The programme aims to reduce patient referrals to unnecessary tertiary care by up to 20%, with a hope to benefit 350,000-540,000 patients a year.

Over the next two years Moorfields will trial the effectiveness of the platform in adult A&E ophthalmology services, and the data collected will be used to support the development of the AI algorithms in the tool.

The platform is used to support the practitioner during a patient’s clinical assessment, to provide accurate, safe and consistent triaging at the point of first contact with the patient. It will be used alongside the Attend Anywhere, as part of the COVID-19 Urgent Eyecare Service.

Dr Alex Day, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, said: “At Moorfields we’re constantly exploring how artificial intelligence can help us to deliver excellent patient care. This triaging tool has the potential to help our patients to be treated as quickly as possible, giving them a better outcome and experience. AI is becoming more and more important in ophthalmology and we look forward to seeing its full potential in this project.”

Dr Lorin Gresser, Founder and CEO of Dem Dx, added: “We’re extremely pleased to be strengthening our existing partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital through this new funding. Effective triage is critical for patients to have accurate and safe experiences with eye hospitals.  We’re the only company with an AI-based clinical decision tool aimed specifically at the frontline practitioner workforce in triage, and we are excited to see the benefits it brings to the NHS, its staff and patients.”

Recently as part of the HTN Now series, we welcomed Dr Peter Thomas, Digital Innovation and Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, who shared the future of digital ophthalmology services, watch the session here: