Tele Ophthalmology

Our solution will help clinicians to identify the conditions earlier so treatment can be planned and blindness can be avoided.

What is Tele Ophthalmology?

By 2030, 2.7 million people are forecasted to be living with sight loss, costing £6.5bn to the economy. Currently, Ophthalmic staff are struggling with resources in terms of capacity and time, resulting in a delay in treating Cataract, Glaucoma, and AMD. Our solution will help clinicians to identify the conditions earlier so treatment can be planned and blindness can be avoided. Our solution aims to provide quality healthcare in the community, thus improving access to medical care and patient outcomes.

In the UK, it is estimated that nearly 2.1 million people are currently affected by sight loss, of these, around 360,000 are registered as blind or partially sighted. This is predicted to increase to 2.7 million by 2030. Our solution will benefit patients as well as NHS / Wider UK healthcare system.

 

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What does Tele Ophthalmology do?

Our solution consists of the following four key modules:

  • Mobile self-help app for the patients with the ability to test my own eyes takes a low-resolution picture of the fundus, triage based on image, ques, eyesight etc basic advice and guidance, glaucoma passport (optional), ability to share with the optician.
  • Application for Opticians with the ability to register patients, view shared data by a patient, take better quality images of fundus, ability to share high-quality images with Ophthalmologist, AI-based triage and refer to pharmacist or ophthalmologist.
  • Application for the nurse for running the community-based Injection clinic
  • Application for clinicians (Ophthalmologists) with ability to triaging, review, referral management, connectivity to internal EHR

What benefits does Tele Ophthalmology offer?

  • For patients, it means that they will need fewer visits to the doctor. This AI-based solution will give the patient more flexibility to do many things such as diagnosis of common eye problems, without the need for a doctor, and also tracking their own health data that they generate, to guide their help.
  • For the NHS, our solution will decompress the role of the specialist (Optometrist and Ophthalmologist) whereby the patient will be able to contact the clinician only when it is required. The potential financial savings to the NHS / health and care systems will be circa £1.3 bn ( calculation is based on the approximate saving of 20%  of current spent of £6.5bn [Source: RINB])  
  • With proactive screening and a better care plan outside the clinic, we could potentially save many eyes. As per RINB, at least half of sight loss is avoidable. There are over 800,000 NHS inpatient procedures related to eye health in the UK each year. By providing a community-based screening approach will help diagnose problems early which means care can be provided at home or at opticians. This could potentially save 20% of staff hours.

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