C the Signs is an integrated clinical decision support tool that helps healthcare professionals find cancer at the earliest, most curable stage. It uses AI to support GPs with risk-assessing patients by checking combinations of signs, symptoms, and risk factors, and will then suggest an appropriate diagnostic pathway and support GPs to make suspected cancer referrals.
Health Innovation East supported the implementation of C The Signs across 35 GP practices in Ipswich and East Suffolk. Across these practices, there were 303 registered users in February 2023, with 60% of users in clinical roles and 40% in administrative roles. Health Innovation East provided funding and project management support for an independent evaluation of the innovation, led by Anglia Ruskin University.
The evaluation found that staff rate the tool as highly effective, easy to use and a support to clinical decisions, particularly through prompts and suggestions to help them consider lesser-known cancers. The real-world evaluation also highlighted areas for improvement to enable wider adoption and spread of C the Signs, such as a longer onboarding process and peer support between high and low users of the tool.
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