Moorfields wins telehealth award

Moorfield Eye Hospital’s remote referral system has won the Telehealth Award at this year’s Health Business Awards.

The Health Business Awards showcase success stories in the health sector and recognise and celebrate the significant contributions made each year by organisations and individuals that work inside and alongside the NHS.

The Moorfields remote referral system is a partnership between hospital eye services, community optometry, and digital health platforms. The remote referral system allowed eye care provided in the community to receive input from specialists at eye hospitals, in turn preventing unnecessary hospital visits. In their research, 54% of community optometrist referrals to eye hospital were able to be avoided. This enabled urgent referrals to be seen more quickly, which is essential for the prevention of sight loss.

Dawn Sim, consultant ophthalmic surgeon and head of telemedicine at Moorfields, said: “We are very happy that our remote referral system has been recognised as having made a significant contribution to the NHS. This project represents the importance of collaborative working to deliver a more efficient outpatient system and we hope more patients can benefit from this in future.”

The awards ceremony took place on the 5th December at St Paul’s Hotel in London, hosted by Paul Sinha, who is best known for his role on ITV’s quiz show ‘The Chase’.

Learn more about the Health Business Awards website.

Read more about the remote referral system.

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