April 18th 2016
Oculo launches nationally
After months of collaboration with optometrists and ophthalmologists, thousands of patients and referrals and a growing user base, Oculo, the new secure messaging and clinical communication platform for eye care, is ready for its national launch. This will bring Oculo’s user base to over 400 optometry practices and over 100 ophthalmologists in Australia. In June, Oculo will launch in NZ, where it has received Government approval as a cloud-based health IT provider.
Oculo's original goal, as articulated by Professor Jonathan Crowston, MD of the Centre for Eye Research Australia and chair of Oculo, and his fellow-CERA Director Peter Larsen, sounded simple: "be better than a letter".
“The team has invested thousands of hours to develop privacy and data security controls that mean that correspondence by Oculo is indeed better than a letter, and so much more,” Prof Crowston said. “It has intelligent prompts and other features to enhance the quality of referrals and to create a shared eye e-health record,” he said.
Oculo has been developed in collaboration with Specsavers, Luxottica, and Bupa Optical and is actively reaching out to independent optometrists. It has built clusters of ophthalmologists around these optometrists to create clinical networks. From an independent optometrist’s view, Oculo is, “easy, convenient and streamlined. Oculo is the way of the future for collaborative patient care.” says Andrew Watkins of Andrew Watkins Optometry in Canberra.
Amongst Oculo's other early users is Assoc. Prof Angus Turner, Director of Lions’ Outback Vision, who is trialling it for teleophthalmology with Specsavers, OPSM, and Laubman and Pank sites in Albany, Kalgoorlie and Karratha.
“We are already seeing the difference Oculo can make for patients based in rural and regional areas. It means ophthalmologists can access quality information from across the country to provide more timely, better-informed care,” Prof Turner said.
Oculo has also reached in principle agreements to provide pro bono access to a number of low vision services and patient advocacy groups across Australia in order to promote the timely referral of vision-impaired patients to support services. They will “go live” in June, and in the interim, Oculo will continue to invite others to join.
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. They can get better care when eye care professionals can access historical eye-imaging data, test results and relevant medical histories. Eye care professionals can provide better care with secure, auditable and shared clinical records.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1800 378 991, or go to oculo.com.au or oculo.co.nz