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And the Winner is…

King’s Alumni, Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi has won this year’s People’s Award category in the 2017 AbilityNet Tech4Good awards, with an invention called C the Signs.

C the Signs is a decision support tool, available as an app on IOS and android and also as a website. It uses artificial intelligence, combined with national evidence-based guidelines, to help GPs identify patients with cancer early.

Diagnosing cancer is extremely challenging. Unlike other diseases, there is no single identifiable symptom or test that can alert doctors to a potential cancer diagnosis. Symptoms can be is a collection of signs, indicators and risk factors, which often overlap with many other long-term diseases.

Dr Bakshi, who is one of two doctors responsible for a new health technology start-up said:

“The sooner we diagnose cancer, the better chance we have to cure it. Our vision has been to shift the stage at diagnosis so no patient, family member or community has to suffer the pain of another preventable death from Cancer.”

Using primary care data and evidence, C the Signs can spot the less obvious signs and symptoms that feature in the early stage of cancers.

The technology they use means that data can be easily cross referenced.  Once a patient’s symptom reach a particular threshold, they are then referred on for more in-depth testing.

“For a long-time cancer has hung like a cloud over both doctor’s and patient’s heads, with the dread of missing a diagnosis and the dread of being diagnosed,” continued Dr Miles Payling who, along with Dr Bakshi, is part of the Kings20 Accelerator Program’ a year-long accelerator programme aimed at supporting the 20 brightest ventures from King's students, staff and alumni to reach their potential.

 “The more proactive we are, the more we can remove the fear of cancer, through raising awareness, education and communicating the importance of early diagnosis.”

It is hoped that C the Signs, will help to revolutionise the experience and journey of patients with cancer. It is being piloted in two clinical commissioning groups and has gained widespread support from leading organisations such as NHS England, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK. Following the successful completion of the pilot, C the Signs will be launched nationally to all GPs.

Now in its 7th year, the Tech4Good awards scheme was set up to highlight the wealth of charities, businesses and volunteers across the UK that harness the power of technology to benefit the community and  recognises the organisations and individuals who use digital technology to improve the lives of others.

For more information about C the Signs, contact Bbakshi@cthesigns.net