This technology makes use of a laptop to deliver the screening and requires minimal skills to supervise in order to screen a large number of children efficiently and quickly. The system is an integrated solution with a sophisticated back end cloud server that manages the screening processes and delivers the results in order to ensure children needing further interventions receive it and that the data can be analysed by healthcare providers. The system is now undergoing further development to add modules for monitoring and administering immunisation.
In many schools where screening of vision, hearing and BMI takes place, the processes are often manual and may involve significant resources in data transfer and management of results of the screening process. The service is currently used in many UK trust hospitals, public and private schools and has a proven track record for increasing effectiveness and improving data analysis, and reducing administration and screening costs. The service is provided through a laptop computer, a kit for the screening comprising of special glasses, an audiometer/headphone set and a subscription to the portal service. The data is managed through a powerful server based system that synchronises with the laptop whenever an internet connection becomes available, making the system useable in areas where there is no wifi or internet connection.
The technology has been licensed to a company providing screening services in the UK and has been developed into two commercial variants. One is used in over 3,000 UK schools by teachers, support staff and volunteers to check whether poor vision may be affecting educational progress. The other is designed for Occupational Health markets. It is used by many healthcare providers across the UK and is being trialled in selected overseas territories.
Currently our data is limited to the UK where there are in excess of 10,000 schools and hundreds of thousands of children that could benefit from the provision of screening for vision, hearing and BMI. The world market is clearly significantly greater than this and the plan is to expand the development of this service with partners.
In many schools where screening of vision, hearing and BMI takes place, the processes are often manual and may involve significant resources in transferring data and managing the results of the screening process. The screening system automates the entire process with minimal supervision and there is no need for a skillled operator. This provides cost savings in administration and allows easy and rapid scaling, monitoring and data anlaysis of such services.