Moorfields Eye Hospital was awarded Virtual or Remote Care Initiative of the Year at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2022 at Manchester for its Home Vision Monitor.
The Home Vision Monitor is a smartphone-based app that empowers patients to test and monitor changes in their vision at home during Covid-19 lockdowns and beyond. This was the first large-scale deployment of home vision monitoring in real-life clinical practice.
Patients are asked to test their own vision twice a week, with results sent instantly to their clinician at Moorfields. If both tests show any discrepancies, an alert is automatically triggered. This helps the clinician to intervene at an early stage of disease progression and provide patients with the chance of better outcomes.
An extensive patient survey showed that most patients felt reassured throughout the pandemic and beyond that their vision is being monitored by the clinicians at Moorfields, who have instant visibility of their self-test results and are alerted to any significant change in their vision.
The HSJ Patient Safety Awards help drive improvements in culture and quality across the NHS, recognising and rewarding hard-working teams and individuals, who are striving to deliver improved patient care. The judges felt this ambitious project is a fantastic display of how remote monitoring technology can empower patients and relieve pressure on the NHS.
As one of the world's leading eye hospitals, Moorfields aspires to excellence across clinical care, research and teaching, and is honoured to accept these awards in recognition of the work we are undertaking.
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