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vCreate Neuro allows clinical teams to view videos of potential seizures

A new service that lets patients and carers share videos of potential seizures directly with NHS healthcare professionals is being piloted in Scotland and children’s hospitals in England. 

vCreate Neuro allows clinical teams to view the videos and accompanying information, offer a faster diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment, reducing the need for the patient having to travel to a hospital.

Running on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform, vCreate Neuro is being piloted across Scotland, as well as Great Ormond Street Hospital, Evelina London Children’s Hospital and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The system is available to families who are concerned that they, their child or loved one may be experiencing seizures or unexplained episodes, including epilepsy. Since May 2020, more than 1,800 patient videos, many filmed on smartphones, have been securely uploaded to vCreate Neuro by in excess of 800 families.

Professor Sameer Zuberi, consultant paediatric neurologist at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children, said: “vCreate Neuro has transformed how we use carer-recorded video in our service.

“We are diagnosing epilepsy more rapidly, preventing misdiagnosis and saving unnecessary investigations. Families feel in more control and better connected to the service.”

Clinicians use the web-based app to invite a patient or their guardian to register for an account and provide consent. Once activated, the user uploads relevant videos from their smartphone, with each upload accompanied by key clinical questions bespoke to each clinical service.

Only the clinical team approved by the patient can access the videos, and they can view them on any device, at any time, from any location.

Michael Wignall, Azure business lead at Microsoft UK, said: “Microsoft Azure is helping companies like vCreate provide life-changing medical solutions to people, while maintaining data privacy, security and confidentiality.

“With features such as Advanced Threat Protection and Encryption at Rest, Azure is empowering the healthcare sector to safely deliver care where it’s needed most.”

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