Mobile Eye Doctor
Tele-medicine that connects ophthalmologists and people who need ophthalmic care.
Mobile Eye Doctor Example cases
Contributing to ophthalmology in developing countries
In the world, there are countries and areas where ratio of ophthalmologist is less than one in 200 thousand (200,000) people (the ratio in Japan is one in 10 thousand (10,000) people) or due to geographical factors (big land and mountainous areas) resulting in difficulties accessing ophthalmology services.
36 million people around the world lose eyesights from preventable eye diseases, and it is predicted that the number will increase over the years. We are working hard to install our services collaborating with general clinics in specific areas/villages and ophthalmologists in the city within the developing countries in hopes to combat the situation. (User A)
Providing Japanese medical services across borders
By connecting people outside of Japan who want to consult with Japanese clinicians, we aim to assist in providing medical services for patients to access from anywhere in the world.
*Preliminary research was conducted before installation of the services.
Contributing to ophthalmology in rural areas/remote islands
There are still more than 1000 areas without clinicians nor ophthalmologists even in Japan as a medically advanced country. Our service can be used seamlessly especially in the areas with a lack of ophthalmologists as our device is easily operated by clinicians without ophthalmic knowledge to produce appropriate interview results and pictures. (User B)
Accuracy and speed are required for ophthalmology on remote island. Many factors need to be considered when referring patients on remote island to ophthalmologists on main island such as burdens on the patients at the time of transportation or operational information of airplanes and ships influenced by weather, etc. Even though general training is provided before working in the clinic at the remote island, it is not enough to provide appropriate services. There are times when I consulted with ophthalmologist over the phone but their busy schedule needed to be considered and were very limited over the phone. There was also limitation in taking pictures using a smartphone as well. Therefore, easy operation, sending/receiving quality pictures through an app, and consultation with ophthalmologist are factors that make this device special. (Clinician at remote island)
Cases with animals (at veterinaries, etc)
This MITAS service can be used for animals due to its light-weight mobile characteristics. (User C)
One of the biggest characteristics for this MITAS device is the fact that it saves same quality photos as actual slit lamp microscope via smartphone. This function makes informed consent towards the owner and forwarding the photos to get second opinion easy. Smartphone data makes easy output and without a hustle of using a memory card as in using a digital camera. It might not be enough for those specialized in ophthalmology, but it is highly recommended for someone like me who is interested in ophthalmology and want to diagnose by sharing information. (Veterinarian)