Posted on September 16, 2016 by staff

Smartphone gadget surgeon set for HealthTech conference


A surgeon who uses a smartphone gadget to optimise efficiency will speak at BusinessCloud’s ‘Transforming healthcare through technology’ conference.

Ajith George – an ear, nose and throat surgeon at the Royal Stoke University Hospital – and colleagues are reducing needless hospital visits, improving diagnosis time and saving money with the endoscope-i.

“Currently GPs or nursing practitioners look in the ear and then draw a picture of what they see, which is a bit archaic and comes down to the artistic skills of the GP,” George told the August edition of BusinessCloud magazine.

“The picture gets sent to an ENT specialist who could look at the ear four months down the line and judge how the ear looks compared to the picture.

“The technology was staring us in the face. Everyone says smartphones are the solution to a lot of problems and it made sense for us to create something that put two and two together.

“I could see 15 patients in four hours in a clinic but I can deal with 80 in the same time in the virtual clinic.”

He will be among several speakers discussing the future of technology in healthcare at Chorley Town Hall in Lancashire on November 23.

Wearable tech, 3D printing and the increased presence of telecare are pieces of a health jigsaw slowly taking shape as the sector comes under pressure to be more efficient and spread innovation.

Held in partnership with the Lancashire and South Cumbria Digital Health Board and Chorley Council, the conference will look at how the emerging customisation of healthcare is allowing citizens to interact with the health system in more ways than ever before.

It will be chaired by BusinessCloud editor and award-winning journalist Chris Maguire.