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VisionAtHome Wins $750K Google Prize To Bring Eye Testing To Global Communities

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in News | 0 comments

A team from Melbourne’s Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) has won this year’s Google Impact Challenge. Medical doctor and PhD candidate Dr William Yan successfully pitched the team’s project, which uses a software algorithm to perform accurate, evidence-based visual acuity testing via webcam and Internet connection. VisionAtHome’s aim is to help rural, remote and mobility-impaired users access and perform eye testing at home, particularly in areas with limited or no access to ophthalmologists. As Dr Yan explains, “94% of...

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App Competition Open: Reimagining Diabetes Management via IBM Watson Health and the American Diabetes Association

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in News | 0 comments

App Competition Open: Reimagining Diabetes Management via IBM Watson Health and the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association has announced a new competition for app developers proposing cognitive computing solutions for diabetes. Clinical and research data from the ADA’s vast repository will be made available via IBM Watson Health. Announced at the ADA’s 76th Scientific Sessions in June, app developers will have the chance to reimagine how diabetes is managed through Watson’s data analysis. Watson will enable healthcare providers, researchers, institutions and patients to all benefit from more streamlined and efficient data...

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Australian Cancer patient app CancerAid set to launch in Asia

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Australian Cancer patient app CancerAid set to launch in Asia

Australian startup CancerAid will launch in Asia with the Hong Kong Integrated Oncology Centre. The biggest problem cancer patients and their families face is digesting the bewildering amount of information they are given throughout their journey. CancerAid aims to solve this problem by providing a secure communication and information portal for the millions of people affected by cancer worldwide. CancerAid was founded in Sydney in 2014 by radiation oncology doctor, Nikhil Pooviah. Its mobile app features, such as the Journey Organiser...

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Peek Acuity app proven by clinical study to be just as accurate as ETDRS and Snellen chart

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Peek Acuity app proven by clinical study to be just as accurate as ETDRS and Snellen chart

Results from a recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, have shown that the Peek (Portable Eye Examination Kit) Acuity app is just as accurate as ETDRS and Snellen chart for testing visual acuity. This makes the app one of the few mobile health applications to be proven and validated in a clinical trial. The app was tested on 233 Kenyan adults aged 55 and above. The results were found to be just as accurate and repeatable as the Snellen chart, while being comparable in accuracy to the ETDRS chart. In developing countries where access to...

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Innovative retinal imaging device turns smartphones into portable ophthalmoscopes

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Innovative retinal imaging device turns smartphones into portable ophthalmoscopes

The D-EYE Retinal Imaging System is an innovative device that converts a smartphone into a portable, easy-to-use, affordable, and effective fundus camera. The D-EYE device is a smartphone-sized case that fits onto an Apple iOS or Android phone. The D-EYE fundoscope lens is positioned over the smartphone’s camera and LED light source, enabling the phone to capture high definition video and still images of the fundus of the eye. The D-EYE app installed on the smartphone allows the user to store and manage patient information. The D-EYE...

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The first vision screening app to receive patent

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in News | 0 comments

The first vision screening app to receive patent

EyeXam is a vision screening app for iOS and Android devices that has recently been issued a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. According to representatives from EyeXam, this makes it the first and only patented method for accurate self-guided mobile vision screening tests. “We are excited to receive our patent for EyeXam and believe patent protection is timed perfectly in light of the explosion in mHealth apps. The ‘medicalized smartphone’ is impacting every aspect of health care, and eye care cannot lag behind,” says Dr....

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Be My Eyes app – You can make a difference in a blind person’s life

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Be My Eyes app – You can make a difference in a blind person’s life

      Be My Eyes is a new app for iOS devices that allows sighted volunteers to help blind people complete everyday tasks. The app uses live video chat to enable a blind person to ask a sighted volunteer for help with simple tasks such as reading the expiration date of a milk carton, to more complex tasks such as navigating new surroundings. Through the iphone or ipad’s video camera, the sighted volunteer is able to describe what they see to help the blind person solve the problem or complete the task. The app is an easy and...

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How do you try and stop Ebola? There might be an app for that…

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in News | 0 comments

How do you try and stop Ebola? There might be an app for that…

The spread of Ebola has been a constant fear among the international community. In a bid to try and abate the spread of the disease, health officials are launching the #isurvivedebola app as part of a wider media campaign called #TackleEbola. The app allows survivors of the Ebola outbreak to share stories about the challenges and hardships they faced while combating this deadly disease and aims to put a human face on the condition. Survivors in the past have been stigmatized, which the campaign hopes to eliminate and cast these figures as...

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Using a “selfie” as a medical screening tool: Eyenaemia

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Using a “selfie” as a medical screening tool: Eyenaemia

A company founded by two medical students at Monash University in Melbourne have found an interesting use of taking a photograph of yourself, which is otherwise colloquially known as a ‘selfie’. The team used the data from the image to analyse the conjunctiva of the subject via an app and compare against a database to assess the risk of anaemia. The team hopes that their solution will help in the diagnosis and treatment of the 2 billion people in the world that suffer from anaemia. Their ingenious application of this modern trend...

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Take a ‘Peek’ into the future and help make it a reality

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in News | 1 comment

Take a ‘Peek’ into the future and help make it a reality

  In the future, your next eye exam may just happen right from a smartphone. We have previously mentioned the Portable Eye Examination Kit, or ‘Peek’; a device that could make that future a reality. The team previously worked on a suite of apps to help with examining the eye with a mobile phone and recently have turned their attention at improving the equipment used to do so. The device is a clip-on camera adapter for your phone that allows it to become a low cost ophthalmoscope and retinal camera. ‘Four out of five people who are blind,...

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