Industry Exchange Network (IXN)
DRIVE works in partnership with University College London IXN where Great Ormond Street Hospital staff and clinicians collaborate with academic groups on projects to provide insight into real-life problems in healthcare and develop early stage technological solutions. The programme addresses three major clinical areas - interoperability, efficiency and innovation.
DRIVE has hosted over 60 IXN projects. A majority of these (57%) focused on development of websites or mobile apps, or virtual environments such as augmented and virtual reality. The end users that could benefit from these developments were mainly healthcare professionals (31%) and patients and families (31%).
You can read about some project examples below.
PICU Parent App
Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) can be very stressful environments for families of sick children. These units tend to have more restrictions than other wards on activities such as visiting. Currently, information is available to families in paper format and displayed around the unit.
To provide families with easier access to this information, an app was developed. This app covers a broad range of information, such as visiting hours, staff groups that work at PICU, common equipment and a FAQ section that allows parents to submit their feedback on the app. A web based content management system supports the updating and editing of the content.
UCL Computer Science MSc Project 2020
HoloRepository: A Repository of Holographic Medical Images
Medical images, such as MRI or CT images, are stacks of 2D images used for analysis and diagnostics. These images are difficult to interpret for non-trained eyes, which could lead to a diminished understanding by patients of their condition and treatment options.
The Holorepository provides an interactive and engaging way to view medical images in 3D. It implements a pipeline to create holographic images from MRI and CT scans. These holograms can then be viewed using devices, such as Microsoft HoloLens, during patient-doctor consultations.
UCL Computer Science MSc Project 2019
My Nephrotic Notebook Mobile App
Parents of children with nephrotic syndrome,or the children themselves use a paper notebook to record daily the level of protein in their urine. These notes are meant to guide patients/parents on medication dosage and inform the clinical team of the patient’s progress, but they are difficult to interpret and often get lost, or damaged. The My Nephrotic Notebook mobile app allows users to easily record proteinuria dipstick readings, and based on these results, it informs users whether they have relapsed, are in maintenance, or have reached a period of remission. The data is stored locally and it can be shared with clinical teams via e-mail.