Optasia Medical, whose AI vertebral fracture screening service is now running in its third NHS hospital, has strengthened its senior clinical team.
International clinical specialist Lisa Provan has joined as Head of Clinical Services and Business Development. Part of her remit will be to oversee the company’s successful programme of hospital trials.
Optasia’s artificial intelligence algorithm, which can identify future hip fracture patients, is being used by hospitals to provide better care and also reduce NHS costs. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research Invention for Innovation programme, the process has been developed by the University of Manchester and Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with Optasia Medical Ltd with input from the Royal Osteoporosis Society.
Working with bone health teams at the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the service has already identified more than 1,400 patients with previously undiagnosed vertebral fragility fractures. A third trial at an, as yet, un-named hospital is under way.
“The Optasia reporting service identifies Vertebral Fragility Fractures within seconds, freeing up time and resources at the nation’s hospitals,” said Lisa: “Most importantly, patients receive early medical intervention allowing them to live healthier, happier, safer lives.
“This technology is ‘patient protective’ because osteoporotic patients are identified and treated earlier, their risk of hip fracture will be significantly reduced and they will enjoy better health and better quality of life for longer. In this way it also supports the NHS Patient Safety Strategy which seeks to reduce preventable harms in patients”.
A Registered General Nurse since 1987, Lisa maintains her professional registration as a UK nurse while pursuing a successful commercial clinical career in Britain, Europe and the Middle East.
“As a nurse, I am passionate about patient care and ensuring that everyone receives the best treatment available to improve the quality of their life”, she added: “This screening service is all about identifying osteoporotic patients early, allowing for timely intervention and treatment to promote their wellbeing and physical health, so I am keen to introduce the vertebral fracture screening service into as many hospitals as possible”.