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Would you be happy using an app at home to monitor your health?

Patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital are testing an app that allows them to check their vision from home during lockdown.

A smartphone app that allows eye patients to test their vision from home during lockdown is being piloted by a leading eye hospital.

Home Vision Monitor is being tested by patients of the Moorfields Eye Hospital as a means of continuing the close monitoring of their vision without leaving home.

The app, which can be used on a smartphone or tablet, has been specifically designed for people with diseases that affect the macula, such as neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetes.

In normal circumstances, patients would attend in-person appointments every four to 12 weeks to check for any changes in vision.

The app, which is currently being tested by more than 350 Moorfields patients, asks users to take a shape discrimination test at least twice a week to monitor their vision for any changes.

Results are sent instantly to the hospital, with automatic alerts triggered if two tests show any deterioration or discrepancies in eye health.

Konstantinos Balaskas, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, said: “Exciting new digital technologies, such as Home Vision Monitor, will further empower our patients to actively contribute to the management of their condition, in partnership with their clinicians to achieve the best possible outcomes.

“Placing such tools in the hands of patients will both improve health outcomes for patients and reduce the capacity pressures of hospital-based eye departments.”

Jill Hopkins, global head of ophthalmology at healthcare firm Roche, which helped develop the app, said: “Supporting such a high risk group is essential during these extraordinary times.

“By testing patients’ vision more frequently and at home, the app may eliminate unnecessary hospital visits and escalate urgent cases where needed.

“We believe that solutions such as these can continue to support patients and healthcare professionals beyond Covid-19 and contribute to the generation of real-world evidence to identify progression trends in AMD.”

How confident would you be in using an app to monitor your health? Would you prefer to attend a hospital appointment instead? 

Would you be happy using an app at home to monitor your health?

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jeaniembe
19th Mar 2021
0
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Great idea for checking on progress of eye conditions. In early stages. My husband had to travel to hospital every four weeks for checks. He wasn't yet receiving injections. However no allowed to drive just in case that would be the time he had to start. Public transport here is awful. So an app to check at home would have been great.
viking
26th Feb 2021
3
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Seems OK for eye conditions, might cause problems for those of a nervous disposition for shots of Piles, sex organs, VD etc., etc.,
jeanmark
1st Mar 2021
1
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Viking, they are now called STD's and you may be surprised at the number of 'people' who check their sex organs daily, not sure about piles though...
viking
3rd Mar 2021
1
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Hello JM, it now seems that the police have set up a special units to track down these people who contaminate the various sites.
jeanmark
3rd Mar 2021
1
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Well Viking, the mind has gone in to overdrive at the thought of the police checking these sites for contamination. I have to admit to having checked a number during my time!
Munsterlander
26th Feb 2021
1
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I would welcome it. I am sure soon we will all have nano robots crawling around our veins monitoring our health.
MrsPat
26th Feb 2021
2
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I would be more than happy. It must be the way to go forward with technology
Little3
25th Feb 2021
2
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I will generally favour self service offerings over messy human interactions. (I think I have autistic traits).

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