With support from the American Optometric Association (AOA) and two leading contact lens companies, the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) made its public debut Wednesday and will “work to fill the gap, advocating for solutions to advance patient eye health, vision care, and safety and to elevate the doctor-patient relationship,” according to the new group’s announcement as reported in VisionMonday. In addition to AOA, Johnson & Johnson Vision joined the new alliance as a Leadership and charter member, with CooperVision Inc. joining as an Associate and charter member. APS said it will work to elevate the doctor-patient relationship, which it called “the essential foundation of health care decision making.”
The Alliance launch comes against a backdrop of growing concern about a variety of eyecare and eye health issues being addressed at the state and federal levels, covering such topics as contact lens Rx dispensing, telehealth and online eye tests.
In its announcement Wednesday, however, APS did not raise those matters specifically, but emphasized the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. In addition, APS stated that it expects to “build on important eye health and technological advancements” as it carries out its mission.