OphthaHelp


OphthaHelp is a product, which aims to enlighten the life of people being pushed to permanent darkness by the lack of facilities. OphthaHelp ends the anguish of people. OphthaHelp is a portable smart phone device, which constitutes of a user-friendly hardware kit for real time retina acquisition, cross-platform app, records holding database, decision support system and cloud coverage. It provides a valuable link between ophthalmology and technology by introducing smart phones for funduscopic and initial screening of retina. Fundus images are captured by smart phone, these images along with the patient records are saved in the database, analysis is performed on these images, and decision support is provided to the doctor. Cloud coverage enables the doctor to view and share the patient records anytime anywhere. Acuity test according to the Standard Snellen’s Chart, Tumbling E charts, along with picture and symbols chart are also designed and incorporated in the app for basic eyesight test.

OphthaHelp Rationale:

80% blindness is avoidable, if it is detected and treated on time. In Pakistan, 480 people are developing eye problems every day. However, due to the poor eye care facilities, many people suffering from eye problems and diseases led to blindness. The equipment used to diagnose eye diseases contains fundus cameras, which are very expensive and small hospitals cannot afford them. Although Govt. of Pakistan has developed basic health units (BHUs) in rural areas but they lack specialized equipment. Patients from rural areas need to move all along to major cities and hospitals for examination. Telemedicine is one of the solution for this problem but that too need availability of equipment to examine patients. Smartphones, as an alternative to fundus cameras, can be used for basic retinal screening. Different products are available in market for this purpose ranging from USD 300 to USD 1500.Shipping cost and customs taxes are addition of these. Our motivation is to provide a low cost, easy to use and readily available indigenously developed product for retina examination, which can be placed in BHUs as well. Our product includes a smart phone device working on indirect ophthalmoscopy principle accompanied with smartphone app that is cross-platform compatible. It also incorporates cloud for data storage and sharing.

Modules:

  1. Portable fundus camera – It is designed indigenously for smart phones. Two major issues with smart phones are varying size and location of camera. The design has been improved to handle these variations and also give user an ease to adjust length for zooming purposes. It also includes attachable lens allowing the user to capture fine retinal images with 50° field view. An international Patent is filed in Korean IPO on our design and we are going to file it in Pakistan as well.
  2. Mobile Application – Our product includes cross plateform application. It includes modules like a comprehensive patient registration form including his/her demographics, history and complaints, visual acuity test for eye sight checking, acquisition in real time using portable camera, image enhancement techniques and image annotations. Specialist can annotate the image based on his/her findings. An intelligent deep learning based decision support system is also included in application to provide a second artificial intelligence based opinion. A report is generated including all findings, patient eye sight and doctors remarks. This report can be shared with other specialist or patient himself/herself.
  3. Cloud storage – All data and reports are stored on cloud that can be accessed from anywhere. Doctors can even view their hospital lab records against a particular patient using this cloud facility.

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OphthaHelp