Implementation of a Cloud-Based Referral Platform in Ophthalmology
Retrospective cohort study conducted at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Croydon (NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK). In this study authors have implemented a cloud-based referral platform to improve communication between optometrists and ophthalmologists. The primary outcome measures was the reduction of unnecessary referrals.
After reviewing the patient's data in a web-based interface, out of which 52% patients actually did not need a specialist referral. Usability of this platform was measured in duration for data input and reviewing which was an average of 9.2 min and 3.0 min for optometrists and ophthalmologists respectively.
This platform offers rapid-access eye care and facilitates communication between healthcare providers.
Such platforms also serve as a foundation for implementation of artificial intelligence.
This study evaluated the utility of a cloud-based referral platform for reducing unnecessary referrals by the optometrists by improving communication with ophthalmologists.
The implementation of the referral platform, helped to avoid more than half of the initial referrals after reviewing patient data in a Web-based platform
Such platform is beneficial to deliver rapid access to eye care and to improve communications between various ophthalmological care providers.
Reference:- Br J Ophthalmol 2019 Jul 18;[EPub Ahead of Print], C Kern, DJ Fu, K Kortuem, J Huemer, D Barker, A Davis, K Balaskas, PA Keane, T McKinnon, DA Sim