Oculo a finalist in Queensland Health’s Start-up and Innovation Showcase
eHealth Queensland recently held its first start-up and innovation showcases for emerging suppliers of new digital health solutions to identify emerging solutions that would aid the design, delivery and management of healthcare services. A panel of 30 judges including Queensland Health clinicians and administrators conducted a “shark tank”, with special guest, television Shark Tank’s expert Dr Glen Richards.
Oculo was selected as a finalist.
Oculo’s proposal was made with support from the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. It targeted the Hospital’s 1-2.5 year waiting list for children needing routine eye care for conditions like squint and diabetes. The presented the opportunity to use Oculo to link the Hospital’s ophthalmology services with the over community-based optometrists involved with the Hospital’s innovative Paediatric Optometry Alignment Programme.1
“We were delighted by the interest in using Oculo to promote better clinical collaboration between public hospital and community-based eye services,” says Dr Kate Taylor, CEO of Oculo. “Business as usual for hospital outpatient eye care is resulting in waiting lists that are years long across the country. We have to get creative to develop models for care that is both high quality and timely.”
“The goal was to deliver quality care for children in a more efficient and convenient manner. Having low-risk children managed in the community could means that the Hospital can better focus on high-risk patients with complex, surgical needs,” continues Taylor.
“We think that tele-ophthalmology and collaborative care between the community and hospitals offer an enormous opportunity, not only for paediatrics, but also for the growing burden of adult eye diseases like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, as well as for rural and remote eye care,” concludes Dr Taylor.
Oculo is an internet-based secure messaging service to connect clinical communications between eye care professionals. It grew out of the Centre for Eye Research Australia. Oculo’s aim is to promote the efficiency and quality of clinical communications – and ultimately to help deliver the best possible care to eye patients so that they may enjoy the best possible sight. Over 3 million people in Australia and New Zealand have or are at risk of blinding eye diseases and need regular eye checks. Eye care professionals can provide better care with secure, auditable and shared clinical records, including clinical imagery. For more information, see oculo.com.au