Wednesday 18 September 2019

Irish app to allow sharing of doctor-patient data

Barry Downes, CEO of Affidea Ireland
Barry Downes, CEO of Affidea Ireland

Michael Cogley

A first-of-its kind app that allows patients to share personal health data with their doctors in real time has been launched by an Irish company.

Affidea Connect will allow clinicians to share images and reports around the likes of MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds and X-rays, through a new cloud-based system. It could represent a significant step forward for a process that is typically conducted through CDs.

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Affidea, a Dublin-based diagnostic imagery business, claims that patients will have "complete control" over their medical records through the GDPR-compliant app. Affidea chief executive Barry Downes said the app will be rolled out to patients and clinicians across Europe.

"Our vision is to become the premier digital healthcare provider and we continuously look for innovative new ways to improve our services across Europe," he said. "As part of our digital transformation strategy, we introduce Affidea Connect to Ireland - a GDPR-compliant, medical-grade platform and mobile application, providing patients and referring clinicians with immediate access to images and reports, at any time, from anywhere."

Downes said that doctors will have access to their patients' data 24/7 without any of the delays associated with posting, weekends, or out-of-hours work.

The company is also investing €1.5m in the establishment of a third ExpressCare Clinic in Ireland.

The new facility will open in Santry, north Dublin, in the coming weeks.

As well as the clinics, Affidea boasts 10 diagnostic centres and two managed hospital services, providing MRIs, CTs and ultrasounds.

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