Open Eyes And Raspberry Pis

Rebecca Todd | E-Health Insider | March 26, 2014

An open source electronic patient record system developed at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be deployed across 40 sites in developing Commonwealth countries. Part of the project involves developing the EPR to run on the low cost Raspberry Pi computers and mobile devices.

Moorfields is one of 11 institutions that have come together as the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium, with the help of a £7m grant from The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. The new consortium will deliver a programme of fellowships, research and technology to developing countries in the Commonwealth and part of this is the deployment of the Open Eyes EPR to 40 institutions.

Director of the Open Eyes project at Moorfields, Bill Aylward, told EHI the developing world has several problems in common with health systems in the developed world and one of these is poor clinical information systems. The difference is that often patient notes are not even kept on paper...