App That Lets Your GP know When you have Cancer

App That Lets Your GP know When you have Cancer

An app that could save lives and costs only £50 per surgery has been created and trialled in doctors surgeries around the country. The app stores a patients’ symptoms and the flags up on their return visits whether any combination of symptoms demonstrates an increased risk of cancer.
Researchers think that the use of this app could mean that up to 3000 more cases of cancer could be found earlier which could potentially save 300 lives every year because of access to earlier treatment.
The app stores and records patients’ symptoms for every visit so that even if they visit a different doctor or nurse the information is still stored and can be accessed.
If the patient displays symptoms that could be cancer a message flashes up on the doctor’s screen.
For example a patient could visit the doctor with stomach pains and go and see a different doctor with unexplained weight-loss.
Once the doctor records the symptoms in the computer the app would alert the doctor that the patient was at risk of ovarian bowel cancer and suggest appropriate next steps or treatment such as an ultrasound scan.
The doctor may not have discovered a correlation between the symptoms and cancer and may have not followed it up if they haven’t used the app.
The app is designed to spot early warning signs for six types of cancer which are hard to diagnose including; lung bowel ovaries oesophageal pancreatic and stomach.
Ross McWilliams a solicitor from the Michael Lewin Solicitor Medical Negligence team said:
“"Unfortunately it is fairly common to encounter cases in which a patient has seen a number of different GPs on a number of different occasions with a variety of seemingly innocuous symptoms before the pieces are finally put together prompting referral and subsequent diagnosis of a serious condition.
He added.
“In cancer cases this delay in diagnosis can often have serious implications for the patient’s future treatment and life expectancy so this relatively low cost computer app if it works as it should has the potential to reduce unnecessary delays and save many lives however if the program is used incorrectly it may lead to a raft of unnecessary referrals at significant cost to our already struggling health service."
The app has already been used by 160 GP surgeries across the country as part of a trial to see how many lives the programme could save.

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