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13 October 2017

posted Oct 13, 2017, 12:27 AM by Beck Lockwood

GDEx system showcased at Global Forum on Medical Devices

A global solution for integrating point of care diagnostic devices and pathology laboratories through a worldwide network has been showcased by Leeds researchers at the World Health Organisation’s 3rd Global Forum on Medical Devices.

Dr Lena Jaspersen, from Leeds University Business School, presented a film to explain how the system, called the Global Diagnostic Exchange (GDEx), will address the challenge of integrating digital request and result data from different diagnostic devices so that it flows seamlessly through a global network of national hubs, from where it can be fed into electronic patient records (EPRs). Because the system is entirely digital, it enables doctors to review patient results faster, and also eliminates the errors caused by paper-based processes.

NIHR DEC Leeds were instrumental in recognising the need for the system and helped develop the GDEx concept. The system is based on the UK's National Pathology Exchange (NPEx) now used by 70% of NHS laboratories in the UK which was designed and build by X-Lab Ltd, a spinout company formed by staff and students from the University of Leeds. X-Lab has built a national reputation for delivering ground-breaking software applications to the NHS and now want to use their technology to revolutionise global digital diagnostics.

The WHO Forum was attended by experts from 71 countries, discussing trends in medical technology innovation and healthcare delivery and focussing, in particular, on how to achieve universal access to priority medical devices.

Dr Mike Messenger, Deputy Director of NIHR DEC Leeds, says: “GDEx has enormous potential to transform communications between diagnostic devices and pathology labs and clinics. It’s really exciting to see that potential being showcased to a global audience.”