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HOPE DigiROP

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.

“Using DigiROP has helped us optimise our resources and minimise the risk of blindness with the ROP disease. The examinations and treatments are extremely time critical. Using DigiROP will significantly streamline and increase quality of care. Not a day too early - it should have been there a long time ago.”

Ann Hellström, Professor of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Drottning Silvias Barn och Ungdomssjukhus, Sahlgrenska Uuniversity Hospital, Västra Götaland Region

What is ROP?

All infants born very prematurely have regular examinations by an ophthalmologist in order to detect those who need treatment for the ROP (retinopathy of prematurity) illness, which can affect the eye after a premature birth.

If a baby is born prematurely, growth of the retinal blood vessels can be impaired and the earlier the baby is born, the greater the risk of abnormal vascular growth. Less than 5 per cent of all infants examined may experience serious changes that require laser treatment to prevent retinal detachment and loss of vision. In the majority of cases, treatment is highly effective and in Sweden today it is very unusual for a child to become blind due to ROP.

Read article from the Swedish medical journal, Läkartidningen >>

Integrated with the SwedROP quality register

HOPE DigiROP has a direct integration to the SwedROP quality register through the Integration building block. Direct integration enables the direct transfer of data from HOPE Platform to the SwedROP quality register – a solution that is working!

Before direct integration with SwedROP was in place information was recorded manually: first on paper, then in a documentation system without algorithm management and finally in the quality register. Due to the time-consuming work on double/triple registration, in the past it was challenging for healthcare staff to keep up with reporting to quality registers.

A large part of the administrative work that was previously conducted manually by healthcare staff has now been eliminated with the new service, meaning  more time and resources are reallocated to patient-facing work.