Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) and Experior Medical Ltd have recently signed a revenue sharing agreement in relation to a new medical training app clinical software tool, Experior Medical.
Medical consultants in Belfast teamed up with IT specialists to develop a mobile training app that helps medics develop their skills, leading to more accurate diagnosis and better patient care. The app provides immediate feedback to the user, and the more it is used by a doctor the more targeted and personalised the feedback becomes.
The driving forces behind the new device are Dr Tom Lynch, Head of Nuclear Medicine at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre in Belfast, and Kevin Donaghy, of Belfast IT firm Experior Medical Ltd. Dr Lynch said, “This is the medical and IT worlds coming together in Northern Ireland and producing something which is really unique. The app contains thousands of typical x-ray images. While some are obvious, some aren’t, but they are typical X-rays that doctors would see in an emergency department. This is a state-of-the-art testing and training tool – it will be used to improve the decisions made by junior doctors, and will let them know where they have gone wrong immediately and over the longer term. Because it is a mobile application, remotely monitored, medics right across the globe can use it.”
Kevin Donaghy from Experior Medical Ltd added: “When Tom first approached me with the idea of improving the skills of doctors with X-rays, I thought ‘How do we build a solution that can be utilised by doctors and training organisations around the globe? How can we harness the best medical brains in the world to the benefit of all doctors and ultimately, all of their patients?’ That’s the bottom line – we wanted to develop a solution that improves diagnosis and health care for everyone.”
Primarily the application, known as Experior Medical, will be used in accident and emergency and cancer departments, but could eventually be rolled out across all health specialities and even into education, industry and financial services. It is expected that trials will start in Northern Ireland A&E units later this year.
Professor Ian Young, Director of Research for the Belfast Trust said: “The Trust is delighted to have worked in partnership with Experior Medical Ltd to support this exciting development which has the potential to improve our services for patients and ensure Northern Ireland is at the forefront of innovation in health.”
HSC Innovations facilitated the technology transfer deal with Experior Medical. Dr David Brownlee of HSC Innovations said: “This collaboration between industry and the HSC demonstrates the value of working with practising clinicians to identify technology opportunities and to develop new products for healthcare. These products can help to secure real improvements in healthcare practices.”
Dr Brownlee also encourages HSC staff with innovative ideas to improve patient care to contact HSC Innovations for further assistance.