OAKLAND, N.J. & MELBOURNE, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Topcon Healthcare Solutions (THS), of Oakland, NJ, USA, a leading provider of software solutions for the eye care industry, and Oculo, a technology leader in clinical communications based out of Melbourne, Australia, are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership which will combine the strengths of their Topcon® Harmony™ and Oculo® eye care platforms.
By joining forces, the companies will be able to integrate Topcon® Harmony™, an open source web-based data management application for connecting ophthalmic imaging devices regardless of manufacturer, with Oculo®, a cloud-based network designed especially for health care practitioners to share clinical information, referrals and other clinical correspondence. The partnership will draw on the key strengths of Harmony and Oculo to drive innovation and excellence in eye care.
“This new partnership is the perfect blend of technologies that will benefit both patients and clinicians,” stated Grant Schmid, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for THS. “By bringing the two technologies together, we’re making it easier for patient data and associated images to make their way to referring doctors, ensuring that the patient data is securely transferred, and the attending clinician has everything relevant for patient care. This gives the eye care provider a much clearer and more comprehensive picture of the patient’s case and facilitates diagnosis. It also saves time for patients and reduces waste by eliminating the need for unnecessary repeat exams.”
As software becomes more and more important in diagnosing eye disease, the development and integration of vendor-neutral applications, such as Harmony and Oculo, will be integral to the advancement of patient care. Their ability to operate in a secure, web-based and vendor-agnostic platform will be the key to the complete integration of patient data and electronic medical health records.
“We see real benefits to adding Oculo’s emphasis on communication between eye care professionals to THS’s excellence in clinical image capture and management,” summarized Akifumi Baba, CEO of THS. “Together we can improve triage, screening and teleophthalmology, as well as create a system that provides unprecedented opportunity for data insights.”
“With seamless integration of images, clinical information and business insights, we can offer a unique combination of tools designed to improve both the quality and continuity of health care. Our shared goal is to create a system that eye care providers love to use and that improves patient outcomes,” added Dr. Kate Taylor, CEO of Oculo.
Oculo is a secure, cloud-based network designed to connect clinicians around their patients. Oculo’s aim is to promote the efficiency and quality of communication of clinical information and images to support better triage, teleophthalmology and screening.
Oculo is the technology partner for KeepSight, Australia’s first national diabetes eye screening and recall system, supported by the Australian Government.
Oculo grew out of the Centre for Eye Research Australia and was developed in collaboration with Specsavers, Luxottica’s OPSM, and Bupa Optical.
About Topcon Healthcare Solutions
Based in Oakland, NJ, Topcon is a comprehensive ophthalmic device manufacturer within the worldwide ophthalmic community. It introduced the world’s first commercial back-of-the-eye Spectral Domain (SD) and Swept Source (SS) optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems, which have driven innovation in eye care.
More recently, Topcon started to enhance not only its hardware but also its software solutions. To become the leader in diagnostic software, Topcon has developed a new strategic division, Topcon Healthcare Solutions, whose primary objective is to create world-class software solutions for the eye care industry and beyond. The company’s products enable the collection and visualization of a wide range of imaging and clinical data while providing quantitative and clinical analysis capabilities.
Topcon’s software gives clinicians access to patient exam data captured from OCTs, Visual Fields, Fundus Cameras, and other Topcon and third-party devices. Topcon leverages its new data management system called Harmony, where practitioners gain access to DICOM and non-DICOM information stored in a central, cloud-based environment. Additionally, Topcon now provides an integrated service that connects practitioners to an extensive network of reading services to assist in the management of sight- threatening eye diseases.