OphthaHelp is a product, which aims to enlighten the life of people being pushed to permanent darkness by the lack of facilities. OphthaHelp ends the anguish of people. OphthaHelp is a portable smart phone device, which constitutes of a user-friendly hardware kit for real time retina acquisition, cross-platform app, records holding database, decision support system and cloud coverage. It provides a valuable link between ophthalmology and technology by introducing smart phones for funduscopic and initial screening of retina. Fundus images are captured by smart phone, these images along with the patient records are saved in the database, analysis is performed on these images, and decision support is provided to the doctor. Cloud coverage enables the doctor to view and share the patient records anytime anywhere. Acuity test according to the Standard Snellen’s Chart, Tumbling E charts, along with picture and symbols chart are also designed and incorporated in the app for basic eyesight test.
80% blindness is avoidable, if it is detected and treated on time. In Pakistan, 480 people are developing eye problems every day. However, due to the poor eye care facilities, many people suffering from eye problems and diseases led to blindness. The equipment used to diagnose eye diseases contains fundus cameras, which are very expensive and small hospitals cannot afford them. Although Govt. of Pakistan has developed basic health units (BHUs) in rural areas but they lack specialized equipment. Patients from rural areas need to move all along to major cities and hospitals for examination. Telemedicine is one of the solution for this problem but that too need availability of equipment to examine patients. Smartphones, as an alternative to fundus cameras, can be used for basic retinal screening. Different products are available in market for this purpose ranging from USD 300 to USD 1500.Shipping cost and customs taxes are addition of these. Our motivation is to provide a low cost, easy to use and readily available indigenously developed product for retina examination, which can be placed in BHUs as well. Our product includes a smart phone device working on indirect ophthalmoscopy principle accompanied with smartphone app that is cross-platform compatible. It also incorporates cloud for data storage and sharing.
Digital fundus cameras are very massive so we can’t take them along with us everywhere. They are expensive as well. In comparison to that, our product is portable and light in weight, so OphthaHelp can put in a briefcase and can be taken to remote areas. This makes OphthaHelp portable in all places.
OphthaHelp is accessible remotely due to cloud storage. Cloud coverage ensures security of data and availability of data universally.
Our device can be operated easily by any physician; images can be taken and shared with qualified ophthalmologists who are present in the distant places.
OphthaHelp provides decision support by utilizing machine learning tools. It may also prove useful for help in the evolution and research of AI systems with respective to decision support based problems.
OphthaHelp provides a user friendly design. It is compatible with all main smart phone brands. It also include headrest to provide ease during acquisition. A chin rest is also added as an optional part to give doctor and patient a feel of real fundus camera. We have filed a Patent on this.