Our Entrepreneurs: William Waldock

Meet #OurEntrepreneurs – today we introduce William Waldock a Specialist Foundation Programme Doctor.

Tell us a bit about yourself 

I studied Medicine at Cambridge and now work as a Specialist Foundation Programme Doctor, after contributing to the Lancet Commission on Global Eye Health. I have been recognised with research funding from the Royal College of Surgeons, presented and published internationally, and use my professional training as a medical doctor to optimise DocMe’s contribution to patient outcomes.  

My research profile is here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/William-Waldock-2

Name: William Waldock, NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Cohort 6

Occupation: Specialist Foundation Programme Doctor, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust

Why did you apply to the programme and what are you looking forward to? 

I read about the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme online and was really excited by the opportunity for mentoring and commercial advice. I am excited about the guidance on offer about how to scale a business, and how to approach clinical development and regulatory challenges. I’m looking forward to networking and learning from other participants. 

Tell us about your innovation  

I am the clinical lead for DocMe, an AI-powered medical triage tool. 

Picture a winter morning at a GP surgery in rural England. The demographic representation of the catchment area is mostly elderly people with long-term chronic conditions with delayed routine treatment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, something is different about this winter in this surgery. The GPs here are not overwhelmed by the regular visits and, more importantly, the mountainous paperwork that follows each visit. GPs here meet their patients online, not just a video call – by the time patients are allowed in the virtual consultation room, their vitals are collected remotely and flagged to the GP appropriately, following relevant best practice guidelines and regulations. Additionally, the video visits are analysed via Natural Language Processing – an AI tool – to aid the post-consultation paperwork, saving time and effort for GPs. Also, this gives GPs more contact time with their patients to uncover other potential health concerns. Combine this with the Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) solutions, and the chronic conditions are being managed more safely than otherwise at home.

Technologically speaking, the hypothetical surgery depicted above is nearer than people think. We are a truly multinational, multidisciplinary team spread across time zones spanning from UK to India. We have a unique mix of highly skilled and dedicated technologists and healthcare professionals that bring the passion, skills, commitment, and, more importantly, the ability to deliver regardless of the environment.  

Escalating pressures on the health service, concern for vulnerable and isolated patients; crises escalate as the weather turns colder and waiting lists elongate. But instead of a long wait without any clinical contact, imagine a future where patients can be screened remotely, with vital signs, clinical guidelines and clinical scoring to support doctors in determining bespoke management plans refined by digital data. Some patients may be able to wait, others will need to be seen immediately. But with an enhanced telehealth ecosystem, digital medicine will be able to redirect care to those most in need: data-driven, patient-centred telehealth triage.   DocMe has designed and developed an AI-powered medical triage tool that uses optical sensors from existing ICT devices (smartphones and computers) to capture objective clinical data, which integrate into personalised care recommendations. Currently, DocMe measures heart rate, respiratory rate, heart rate variability and blood pressure from a 30s face video. We are developing a technology layer to expand our measurement parameters in the next twelve months. Additionally, we are building different analytics layers to deliver more personalised and targeted actionable insight

What motivates you?  

As healthcare workflows become mostly digitised, with a wide range of personal data captured and computer vision, these visual technologies traverse a patient’s journey from diagnosis, to treatment, to continuing care and prevention.  Computer vision and AI are transforming the way we look at health data:

 “The biggest opportunity in visual technology in telemedicine is in solving specific use cases. Whether it be detecting your pulse, blood pressure or eye problems, visual technology will be key to collecting data.” – Jeff Nadler, Teldoc health. 

How can we find out more?

To find out more visit the DocMe website or connect with me on LinkedIn.