Oculo is launching video conference support for teleophthalmology and teleoptometry, reducing the need for in-person consultations during the threat of covid-19.
“The coronavirus pandemic is creating unprecedented strains on health systems. At the same time, the eye care needs for people with pre-existing chronic diseases, including diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and macular disease are unchanged,” said Oculo CEO Dr Kate Taylor.
Patients with glaucoma and AMD are on average in their 70s and 80s, a known risk factor for an adverse outcome with Covid-19 (~15% mortality), noted Professor Bill Morgan of the Lions Eye Institute in Perth. “Diabetes patients tend to be somewhat younger (typically in their 60s), but because diabetes is a known significant risk factor, they fall into the high risk Covid-19 band also.”
Dr Taylor said the team at Oculo wanted to do something to help protect patients both from infection with Covid-19 and preventable vision loss. “We are also deeply concerned about the health and wellbeing of everyone who works in eye care. We have built the new video conferencing feature to support ongoing care while alleviating the risks posed by close contact.”
Oculo’s new video conferencing feature will be available for all Oculo customers from next week.