Oculo and Optometry Australia have partnered to provide optometrists who are members of the Association with access to the Oculo platform and its new telehealth capabilities.
Oculo is a secure, cloud-based clinical communications network designed to support telemedicine including teleoptometry and teleophthalmology. The platform facilitates the secure, instant transfer of clinical imaging, referrals, and other clinical correspondence between healthcare professionals.
During this pandemic telehealth provides a great opportunity to ensure patients with eye care needs that cannot be postponed, can access the optometric care they need
Dr Kate Taylor CEO and co-founder of Oculo said her company was “delighted to work with Optometry Australia to ensure that Oculo’s platform for telehealth, including real-time video conferencing, supports as many eye health professionals and patients as possible at this difficult time”.
According to Optometry Australia CEO, Lyn Brodie, the platform will help deliver continuity of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Optometry Australia recognises the huge impact that COVID-19 is having on members and we want to do everything we can to protect the health of our members, their staff and their patients,” said Ms Brodie.
“During this pandemic telehealth provides a great opportunity to ensure patients with eye care needs that cannot be postponed, can access the optometric care they need. This is why we are supporting our members to access Oculo’s platform as it is a way of ensuring they have the systems they need to provide on-going care to their patients,” said Ms Brodie.
The Oculo platform enables optometrists to provide telehealth consultations, minimising the need for in-person consultations which protects optometrists, staff and patients from infection with COVID-19 and for patients, assists in reducing the risk of preventable vision loss.
The partnership will give Optometry Australia members access to the Oculo platform, including the new telemedicine feature, for an initial six-month period.
Optometry Australia members should contact the Optometry Australia for details on how they can access the Oculo platform under this new agreement.