Digital evidence-based support
HOPE DigiROP is a digital evidence-based decision support for screening and treatment of premature infants at risk of developing ROP (retinopathy of prematurity). The use of the HOPE Platform by professor and researcher, Ann Hellström is an example of how as a subcontracted product, the platform can be easily adapted to different type of user application – in this case, a Windows application rather than a web application.
Independent of internet
HOPE DigiROP is a Windows program that uses Windows-based operating systems. The customer had the need to get a mobile application with a number of complex calculations that could run on a Windows tablet independent of the internet. As premature babies are admitted to the neonatal ward and not the eye clinic, the ophthalmologist always has to go to the neonatal ward to examine the baby. A mobile and stable application independent of the internet installed on a digital device that fits in your pocket then becomes a requirement.
Communication between staff and healthcare units
HOPE DigiROP supports communication between care staff at different eye clinics. As it is common for premature children to be moved between different eye clinics, ophthalmologists need to be able to quickly and easily see if the baby has been transferred somewhere else and follow screening results produced somewhere else. This is because the baby may be transferred back to the original medical facility clinic for any examinations and laser treatment if its condition worsens.
Before HOPE DigiROP was available, paper and pen were used to record different values during ROP screening examinations. A calculator was then used in combination with a calculation formula openly available on the internet.