Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC), a joint collaboration between Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) and Indian Government’s Department of Biotechnology, has come up with a computing technology ‘Eye PAC’ that draws out clear information from the eyes, thus assisting eye-doctors to screen a lot many patients in lesser time after which they could direct them to further immediate diagnostics.
Where earlier the patients had to spend over half a day in the institution for screening, Eye PAC takes only 5 minutes of their time to deliver the same result, states HTIC head Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam. He also added that with diagnosis being delivered this fast, over 80% of preventable blindness in India could be averted. This technology shall be filling in the gaps for qualified ophthalmologists in the nation, he believes.
‘3nethra’, an Eye PAC supported device developed by Bangalore-based medical tech firm Forus Health, has been installed in several locations spanning 10 countries including India, China, France, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mauritius and Somalia.