Sharon Ho

PhD Candidate

Name: Sharon Ho

Research Title: The efficacy and implementation of primary care clinical decision support tools in retinal disease

Supervisors:  A/Prof Gordon Doig, Prof Michael Kalloniatis, Dr Angelica Ly

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Research Abstract            

Misdiagnosis is common in optometry and leads to poor patient outcomes and unproductivity due to inappropriate specialist referrals. Clinical decision support systems describe information systems designed to improve diagnosis and referral decisions. Although clinical decision support systems have a proven capacity to provide clinicians with timely, patient-specific recommendations for better individualised patient care, and better population health, the value of these technologies in a clinical setting requires validation. Practitioner readiness to embrace these technologies is also poorly understood.

My research aims to investigate the implementation and value of providing optometrists with various primary point-of-care clinical decision support strategies in retinal disease, including artificial intelligence-driven diagnostic and referral analytics and decision support.


2017   B.Optom(Hons)/B.Sci (UNSW)


Sharon graduated with Honours from UNSW in 2017, after which she spent 3 years working at an independent optometric practice in Dubbo. During this time, she played an active role in public health care, servicing the local Indigenous communities and outreach clinics. Her experience in regional NSW led to a keen interest in chronic eye conditions, particularly diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma.


Ho S, Kalloniatis M, Ly A. Clinical decision support in primary care for better diagnosis and management of retinal disease. Clin Exp Optom. 2022 Jan 13:1-11. doi: 10.1080/08164622.2021.2008791.



Memberships and Affiliations

Optometry Australia

Young Optometrists NSW/ACT

The Centre for Eye Health