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iOS App Coming Soon for Cataract Surgeons

Bausch + Lomb, IBM putting data at docs' fingertips.

Published: May 10, 2016

AN APP TO ASSIST Anil Shivaram, MD, prepares for surgery with the help of a new app.

In the OR, cataract surgeons often rely on printouts or handwritten notes for the patient data they collected during pre-op consultations. But a mobile app currently under development by Bausch + Lomb and IBM aims to make that information digitally accessible for more efficient planning, intervention and follow-through.

According to the collaborating companies, the iPhone and iPad app compiles patients' intraocular lens calculations, corneal topographies, biometry results, surgical histories and even guidance based on their reported lifestyle preferences to deliver a profile that can help physicians select the right IOL and achieve the best outcomes.

The cloud-based app can be viewed on physicians' digital devices or on the OR's display monitors throughout the perioperative process. Pilot testing for the software is scheduled to begin later this year.

"Having the ability to access the variety of each patient's surgical information on an iPhone or iPad will allow surgeons to streamline their time management and decision-making process," says Anil Shivaram, MD, of Claremont (Calif.) Eye Associates. "Allowing this mobile platform to organize and essentialize the numerous data sets that cataract surgeons must tackle with each case will also allow for refinement over time for each individual surgeon."

David Bernard

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