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GPs to use new AI app to help diagnose patients

GPs in south east London will be given access to a new AI app to help diagnose patients during consultations.

Six CCGs in the capital have signed a one-year deal to use the the diagnostic tool, which is compatible with phones, tablets and computers.

The software sees GPs able to enter patients signs and symptoms; review diagnostic possibilities; access therapy and test guidelines; search for medication reactions as well as travel-related and infectious diseases; and browse a medical image library.

The tool also includes a differential diagnosis builder, enabling GPs to input all the patient’s findings, alongside their medical and travel history, and receive possible diagnoses identified using the database of clinical content and images.

GPs in Southwark and Lambeth have used the software since mid-May, while GPs in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, and Lewisham will be given access by the end of June.

VisualDX, the US tech company behind the app, said the tool focuses on 'enhancing diagnostic accuracy, aiding therapeutic decisions, and improving patient safety at the point of care’.

Dr Noel Baxter, NHS Southwark CCG clinical director for quality and service improvement and a GP in south east London, said the app would 'strengthen' the 'support available to general practice in south east London'.

‘We want our patients to receive the right care, in the right setting, first time and we believe this tool will support GPs in their decision making,’ he added.

VisualDx chief executive Dr Art Papier said: ‘This agreement with NHS CCGs in south east London helps patients and clinicians alike to share in the decision-making process to optimise patient-centered outcomes in the pursuit of clinical excellence.'

The CCGs purchased the one-year license following a three-month trial - assessing impact on referrals, impact on provider confidence, and patient satisfaction and engagement - although the parties declined to share the results with Pulse.

It follows news of other AI tools being introduced to general practice, including an app that signposts patients away from GPs to alternative services and Prime Minister Theresa May’s new AI strategy to cut cancer deaths.

Readers' comments (6)

  • Sound like an experiment to me will this BS work.Computer says you have cancer,VD or a tropical disease you caught despite never leaving the UK.Would like to see how it copes with TATT or feeling anyhow.

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  • TATT is easy.
    It's something between Alzheimer's and Zoonoses?
    My guess is Lymes (or B12)?

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  • It will really help when people come in complaining of a vague sense of unease and looking for 3-month long MED3 certs

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  • AlanAlmond

    If it helps the London based 20-30 something cohort who are otherwise usually fit and well I’m all in!

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  • I’m slightly surprised that Babylon Health didn’t scoop this one up ages ago.
    I’d quite like a “bot” sitting on my desktop saying things like “have you thought of PMR?” Like having learned colleague sitting in whispering in your ear.
    Human + machine,rather than human vs. machine

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  • And who gets the blame if the AI gets it wrong?
    How does this affect insurance premiums?

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