POPS is an electronic children's illness identification aid.
The POPS app developed by the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Leicester Academic (PEMLA) Group provides a visual aid to identify key features of serious illness in children. Integral to the system is its simplicity and ability to be used by all health care professionals. Age referenced physiological value and a "gut feeling" criterion are included in the score.
The system has undergone preliminary testing and further validation is ongoing with the help of two research grants. The app will enable individual user feedback to be collated leading to the development of a web-based system enabling usage across NHS IT platforms. Ideally for use in emergency departments and urgent care facilities other healthcare settings would also be applicable.
Further information on www.pemla.org