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Increasing Access to Eye Care through Community-Based Telemedicine

Team Members:
  • Shri Prabha Shivram
  • Mitch Turley
  • Phoebe Dijour
  • Anders Sideris
  • Shreya Hariharakumar
  • Corey Simmerer
  • Marisa Morakis
  • Dr. Nicholas Durr
  • Jordan Shuff
  • Dr. Kunal Parikh
  • Dr. Nakul Shekhawat
  • Dr. Rama Chellappa
  • Dr. Rengaraj Venkatesh


Moderate to severe visual impairment (MSVI) and blindness is highly prevalent with 338 million cases across the worldwide and 90% of these conditions are found in low- and middle-income countries. In India alone, 161 million patients suffer from MSVI. However, 80% of MSVI and blindness is preventable. MSVI and blindness persists due to lack of access to care due to the distance to facilities, lack of eyecare specialist, lack of evidence for referral, poor follow-up system.

Visilant enables a new model of care through telemedicine. Visilant is an integrated, end-to-end eye screening, referral, and patient management system. The system for community screening consists of a low bandwidth mobile app for data collection/transfer, clinician web portal, standardized image capture, and algorithm for real time triage.

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