HEHTA project recognised in BMJ Awards

HEHTA project 'Intelligent Liver Testing’ has been recognised as highly recommended at The BMJ Awards 2019 in the Digital Innovation category

The 'Intelligent Liver Testing’ (iLFT) project was led by Professor John Dillon from the University of Dundee with HEHTA’s Dr Kathleen Boyd from University of Glasgow leading the health economic analysis. Following a presentation and Q&A session with the BMJ judging panel on Wednesday 24th April 2019, Dr Boyd and the iLFT team attended the awards ceremony in the Park Plaza Westminster, where they were delighted to be recognised as ‘highly recommended’ by the BMJ Awards. The project developed an intelligent Liver Function Test system (iLFT) for detecting and diagnosing abnormal LFTs, conducted a step wedge trial to evaluate it and assessed the cost-effectiveness of the new iLFT pathway compared to conventional management of abnormal LFTs. The study found that the iLFT pathway could increase the probability of correct diagnosis of liver disease by 51%, saving the NHS £3216 per patient. iLFT has since been rolled out across NHS Tayside with other health boards in Scotland planning to follow suit.

First published: 14 March 2018

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