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Ingeneus develops new remote diagnostic tool
20th September 2012
Ingeneus, in partnership with The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital will develop two innovative medical devices that provide better access to specialist eye care for regional Victorians, with $1.5 million funding from the Victorian Government.
Working with the Eye and Ear, Ingeneus will develop a device that allows GPs and other non-ophthalmically trained clinicians to easily capture high quality eye images and tests and then send that information for assessment by an ophthalmologist.
The ‘remote ophthalmic diagnostic platform’ will provide a simplified eye image capture system that is easy to use, takes quality images, includes eye assessment tests, and is small, lightweight and ergonomically designed.
Ingeneus CEO, Richard Walmsley said, “Ingeneus is delighted to be working with the Eye and Ear Hospital on such an important project. The partnership is a good fit for Ingeneus as the company has a great deal of experience in designing ophthalmic devices.”
Clinical Director of Ophthalmology Services at the Eye and Ear, Dr Michael Coote, said that the device will enable better application of telemedicine and will mean patients outside of Melbourne may not have to travel to the city for a specialist diagnosis.
“The device will be built to be used without training,” he explains. “What this means is that it can be used in a rural setting and will capture photos and clinical information about a patient that can be sent to an ophthalmologist at the Eye and Ear.”
“About 15% of patients coming to the Eye and Ear Emergency department are from outside Melbourne, so essentially, a patient in a rural setting can be triaged at the Eye and Ear, using this new technology without necessarily needing to travel to the Eye and Ear in East Melbourne.”
“We hope this will improve patient access, so that more people can be treated within their own hospital setting.”
The Eye and Ear also has a relatively high rate of patients who come to emergency after being referred by a GP or other hospital. This device will mean that information about a patient could be sent to the Eye and Ear Hospital before a patient attends. This will improve the experience for those patients who attend the Eye and Ear Hospital.