Topcon Healthcare Solutions (THS) and Oculo, a technology provider in clinical communications based out of Melbourne, Australia, have announced a new partnership that will combine the strengths of their Topcon Harmony and Oculo eye care platforms.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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,” Grant Schmid, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for THS, said in a company news release. “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,” Akifumi Baba, CEO of THS, said in the news release. “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.