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A third-year nursing student is working with a software company in London to develop an app to enable electrocardiogram (ECG) machines to produce information digitally.
Leanne Goode, who is studying adult nursing at Kingston University, came up with the idea after working in an accident and emergency department during a clinical placement.
“I just want to spur on others to grasp these opportunities”
She said that whilst protocol was to have doctors sign off patients’ ECG results, it could be “difficult” to find them to look at a paper copy of the test.
Therefore, Ms Goode wanted to help create an app that would send results directly onto the NHS care records system, where they could be signed off from there.
Ms Goode told Nursing Times she came up with the idea during an inter-professional learning day at the university where nursing students worked with computer science students to “think of a gap in the market in the NHS” and use artificial intelligence to resolve it.
She said if the app were to be developed it would save nurses a lot of time.
“There’s so many things to do on a 12-hour shift and time to find a doctor and pin them down to sign an ECG – if that was eliminated that would cut out quite a lot of time,” said Ms Goode, who wants to pursue a career as a tissue viability nurse.
She added that making these results available electronically would also cut out the “confidentially risk” that paper results sometimes posed.
As part of the app, doctors would be alerted to any abnormalities via a “pop-up” that would “allow them to know there was an issue with that patient”, noted Ms Goode.
During the university event, Ms Goode and her team won the Biggest Impact Award and was one of two to be recognised.
The two winning teams have now been given the opportunity to work with Alphalake AI to develop their projects further.
Ms Goode said she had met with staff from the software company in December and was due to meet with them again this month.
“We’re all brainstorming and putting ideas out there and seeing how we can make things better,” she told Nursing Times. “It’s really exciting.”
She said she wanted to share with other students that they could “progress before you even start” a career in nursing by getting involved in university projects.
“I just want to spur on others to grasp these opportunities because you don’t know where it’s going to lead you,” said Ms Goode.