Medicine and Health Panel Event – Improvements in Patient-safety and surgical efficiency from the use of Big data and AI in the NHS and Cataract Operations

29th September 2022 from 6:00pm — 8:30pm • Information Technologists' Hall

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Join the WCIT Medicine and Health Panel for an in person event at the Information Technologists’ Hall followed by networking and refreshments.


First speaker:

Liveryman Larry Benjamin FRCS(Ed) FRCOphth DO, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Bucks Hospital NHS Trust

Talk Title: “Risk stratification to reduce operative risk in cataract surgery”

This talk looks at the early adoption of the use and analysis of big data from the National Cataract Dataset, in creating a risk score for each individual patient undergoing cataract surgery at our Hospital.

The adoption of Electronic Patient records allowed the remote centralised collection of complications data from Eye units around the UK. By analysing these complications it was possible to create a risk score for each individual patient and this has led to a reduction in the most common sight-threatening surgical risk by 20%. As cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure in the world, this represents a significant number of people prevented from sight-threatening complications.

A brief description of how the risk score was arrived at will be given.


Second speaker:

Mike Adams MB BChir MA FRCOphth PG Dip, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Bucks Hospital NHS Trust

Talk Title: Dora, Post-operative friend or Foe?

This talk looks at the trials of Dora, an AI based automated telephone follow-up system for post-op cataract patients. The average age for cataract surgery is 78 years – will the patients love it or hate it?

The original trials were carried out at Stoke Mandeville hospital (where both speakers are based) and Mr Adams will tell all about this use of AI in an elderly cohort of patients which could save the NHS time and money.


Speaker Bios:


Mr Larry Benjamin

“Mr Benjamin trained in Brighton, The Western Eye Hospital, Moorfields and The Oxford Eye Hospital. He was appointed as a Consultant in 1990 and since then has developed interests in Cataract surgery, the management of Diabetic Retinopathy including the use of early vitrectomy and surgical training. He was the first chairman of the Surgical Skills Sub-committee at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists during which he helped to develop the College microsurgical skills courses and chaired the committee which updated the latest College cataract surgical guidelines. He has served as the Chairman of the Education Committee and Senior Vice President of the College. He has also served as the programme secretary to the ophthalmic section of the Royal Society of Medicine and is the current President for this section (October 2020-2022)

He was until recently the chair of the microsurgical skills committee at the RCOphth.

He currently serves on the council of UKISCRS and is its immediate past- President.

He has been a volunteer faculty member for Orbis the flying eye hospital charity and is chairman of its programme committee for Europe Middle East and Africa.”


Mr Mike Adams

Mr Adams qualified from Cambridge University MB BChir MA and trained in Ophthalmology in the Oxford Deanery. He is the lead for cataract and refractive surgery services in Buck Healthcare NHS Trust and has special expertise in the management of Corneal and External Eye disease. He has served as Oxford Regional Advisor in Ophthalmology at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and has been instrumental in setting up and running the high-volume cataract surgery service in Buckinghamshire which last year was one of the most productive cataract centres in the UK. He has obtained the Post-Graduate diploma in Cataract and refractive surgery from Ulster university.

Mr Adams has also been a Watch Leader in the Clipper round the world yacht race in 2015 (stopping only to have his appendix removed and to interview for his current Consultants post!)


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