We’ve seen iPhone being adopted as an instrumental tool in various fields and it’s good to see its potential been tapped by the Indian doctors. Narayana Nethralaya Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology in Bangalore are pilot testing an iPhone software that will push retinal images of patients living in rural areas to doctors’ iPhone devices.
The images received can be analysed by doctors after which, send their recommendation back to the recipient via their iPhones.
Anand Vinekar, retinal surgeon and project coordinator says the hospital will mostly use the tech to save infants from a potentially blinding disease known as Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and other ailments.
This project is part of hospital’s rural reach program where such technology can be a boon to save a premature baby’s eyes. Trained hospital staff are placed in remote areas where they take eye images with a special wide-angle retinal digital cam and uploaded it to a server, which e-mails it to a doctor for further diagnosis.