GPAid– General Practitioners Aid (1984-1988)
This was developed in conjunctions with local GPs and consultants to automate GP surgeries and generate useful research data for the NHS. It included the following features:
Notified patients for general appointments and routine inoculations etc.
Extracted critical details from patient - doctor appointments
Monitored general and acute prescribing
Identified allergies and adverse drug reactions
Generated medical susceptibility profiles for patients from inherited and acquired medical problems
Created a database to allow rapid search for clinical trial correlation analysis - of use to the NHS or drug companies as extended clinical trial data.
Unfortunately, some doctors felt that this represented a loss of their control.
We identified a test site in High Wycombe with 7 doctors and 20K patients which was prepared to transfer all their existing data into suitable digital format at their own expense, but they could not afford a 7-terminal network with server. At that time, hardware dominated most system costs.
We could not find any computer manufacturer who was prepared to underwrite this on a speculative basis. The best offer came from a very small UK company, Future Computers, which offered hardware at cost, but even that was too much.
We offered the system to the NHS but they were not interested.
At the Pharmacy...
"Do you think there might be a remedy for all these remedies?"