Integration in sight: multidisciplinary team tackles vision loss

The challenge Injuries to the surface of the eye – as a result of burns, infections, inflammation, trauma and surgery – are a leading cause of sight loss. Despite this, there are few therapeutic options to modify, minimise or reverse scarring to maintain corneal transparency and visual function, and these are not always effective. With … Continue reading “Integration in sight: multidisciplinary team tackles vision loss”

Field genomics: portable sequencer tracks infectious disease outbreaks

The challenge Conventional genome sequencing technologies are difficult to deploy in developing countries, particularly where continuous power is not always available and when access to cold chains, lab space and trained personnel is often limited. In addition, some genome sequencer instruments, such as those using optical readings (e.g. the Illumina platform), require precise microscope alignment … Continue reading “Field genomics: portable sequencer tracks infectious disease outbreaks”

Getting the picture – faster

The challenge To effectively diagnose, treat and monitor patients, clinicians require easy access to a variety of images and reports – both new and historic. Image sharing at present however can be a slow and frustrating process, suffering from the inherent delays of a manual process: image retrieval can take up to four hours. Following … Continue reading “Getting the picture – faster”

Pulse oximetry: Lyla’s story

Born on 2 September 2015, Lyla Parry’s heart condition was finally detected when she was 11 days old and only when she was in heart failure. If pulse oximetry screening had been part of the routine newborn checks her condition could have been detected sooner. This is her story, as told by her mum, Janine Parry, … Continue reading “Pulse oximetry: Lyla’s story”

Digitalising disease data

The challenge Across the country, thousands of genomic and complex health data sets are stored. To harness the power of these records in designing new treatments, the first task was to co-ordinate them, to allow efficient tracking and analysing of samples. The solution As a Global Digital Exemplar, BHP founder member University Hospitals Birmingham NHS … Continue reading “Digitalising disease data”