Bausch +Lomb and IBM have announced that they are collaborating on developing the first iPhone and iPad app of its kind for surgeons who perform cataract surgery. The app is designed to streamline the surgeon’s workflow by delivering patient information and clinical insights as well as intraocular lens (IOL) options on a single digital platform right at the point of care.
Cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans and rising, and cataract extraction is the most common surgical procedure for Medicare beneficiaries. A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that can cause blindness if not treated. With approximately 70% of people affected by cataracts by age 75, anything that can help ease the process of removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial one is bound to be welcome to cataract surgeons.
“Bausch + Lomb is excited to collaborate with IBM to develop this innovative platform for ophthalmology,” said Andy Chang, senior vice president and general manager, U.S. Surgical, Bausch + Lomb. “By combining IBM’s advanced data management capabilities with Apple’s innovative app ecosystem and our clinical expertise, we are working to provide surgeons with a convenient, personalized tool that helps them better manage and access patient profiles digitally, and provide personalized IOL options. This unique relationship demonstrates Bausch + Lomb’s unwavering commitment to being a driving force in the ophthalmology industry by developing novel solutions that address the unmet needs of our customers and their patients.”
“IBM works closely with companies to deliver a mobile experience that transforms how professionals work across industries and we look forward to bringing the benefits of mobile technology to some of the world’s busiest surgeons -- cataract surgeons,” said Mahmoud Nagshineh, general manager, Apple partnership, IBM. “Bausch + Lomb has identified a significant need in the ophthalmic community and the new app we will create will equipophthalmologists with the data they need at their fingertips to help them make better, more informed decisions for their patients.”
“This new mobile solution has real potential to fundamentally change how our practice manages patient information throughout the cataract procedure, from planning through post-operative follow-up,” said Anil Shivaram, M.D., from Claremont Eye Associates in Claremont, CA. “Additionally, having the ability to access the variety of each patient’s surgical information on an iPhone or iPad will allow surgeons to streamline their time management and decision-making process. Allowing this mobile platform to organize and essentialize the numerous data sets that cataract surgeons must tackle with each case will also allow for refinement over time for each individual surgeon. By capturing, displaying, and analyzing the data over time in an iterative process, this app is expected to help surgeons provide better care and potentially help provide improved surgical outcomes, while at the same time increasing their efficiency.”
The app is expected to enter the pilot study testing phase in late 2016.
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