Moorfields launches department of digital medicine

Moorfields Eye Hospital is launching a department of digital medicine, which will strengthen and accelerate our pioneering work in using digital technology to provide the best care possible for our patients.

The defining discipline of the department is clinical informatics, which is the use of technology and data by healthcare professionals to support and deliver care.

The new department will be responsible for monitoring the clinical safety of digital systems, coordinate clinical input into the design of our digital infrastructure, and support the implementation of new technologies like clinical artificial intelligence (AI) into practice. It will also undertake real-world validation of new capabilities and rapid piloting of new digital services.

The department of digital medicine will help us on our journey towards creation of a learning healthcare system in which we continuously use data collected from our services to improve the care we provide.

Some of our existing digital medicine projects include our video appointments , online A&E service, remote assessment in optometry practices, home vision monitoring, and using AI to diagnose common eye conditions.

The department brings together our existing clinical informatics leadership, Digital Clinical Lab and Reading Centre, and will work closely with the Health Data Research UK INSIGHT hub. As it grows, it will offer the opportunity for more healthcare professionals to get involved in digital transformation of their own and other clinical services at Moorfields.

Louisa Wickham, medical director at Moorfields Eye Hospital, said: “Moorfields has always been a world leader in digital medicine and this new department will help us to continue to make big strides in utilising the latest technologies to transform the way in which we deliver ophthalmic care so that we can continue to provide the best care for our patients.”

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