A GP-developed app aiming to help GPs navigate the tests and urgent referrals necessary for patients presenting with cancer symptoms is being trialled by two CCGs.
C the Signs was co-founded by newly qualified GP Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi and fellow doctor Miles Payling and quickly checks symptoms of more than 200 cancers against multiple diagnostic referral pathways.
Last week the app won the People’s award at the Tech4Good awards and is now set to be trialled with GPs in the East of England to test its real world cost and clinical effectiveness.
Dr Bakshi told Pulse: ‘We launched the pilot this week in Luton and Herts Valleys CCG, which is roughly 1,000 Doctors covering a population of 850,000 patients.
‘The tool uses artificial intelligence mapped with the latest evidence to help GPs diagnose cancer early. From entering the information GPs are signposted to what test, investigation or referral a patient may need in under 30 seconds.’
‘It’s fast, evidence based and highly intuitive, identifying patients with a 3% risk of cancer or higher.’
It comes as a study published today indicated the UK lags behind the European average for cancer survival for nine out of ten cancers.