Project Report

A novel technology tool to capture the clinical information of patients across rural vision centers in a three-tier eye care network in India using the eyeSmart EMR App

AUTHORS

Priyanka Kammari1 B Optom, Consultant Optometrist

Mahesh Chandra Ambadker2 B Optom, Junior Optometrist

Abhinav Loomba3 MS, Junior Ophthalmlogist

Navya Deepthi4 B Optom, Consultant Optometrist

Shravani M5 B Optom, Consultant Optometrist

Ranganath Vadapalli6 MCA, Technical Lead

Sapthagiri Maduri7 M Tech, EMR Associate

Shyam Baskey8 B Tech, Programmer

Mukesh Taneja9 MS, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Anthony Vipin Das10 FRCS, Consultant Ophthalmologist *

AFFILIATIONS

1, 2, 6, 7, 8 Department of eyeSmart EMR & AEye, L V Prasad Eye Institute, India

3, 4, 5, 9 Department of Tele-Ophthalmology, L V Prasad Eye Institute, India

10 Department of eyeSmart EMR & AEye and Department of Tele-Ophthalmology, L V Prasad Eye Institute, India

ACCEPTED: 30 May 2019


early abstract:

Purpose: To describe the implementation of a novel technology tool to capture demographic distribution and clinical presentation of patients in rural vision centers using the eyeSmart EMR App in a three-tier eye care network in India.

Methods: A two-year retrospective review of all the patients who presented to the rural vision centers of L.V. Prasad Eye Institute eye care network was performed from September 2016 to August 2018 using an in-house developed eyeSmart EMR App.

Results: A total of 501,771patients were captured on the eyeSmart EMR App across the LVPEI network. The ratio of males (n=273,985, 54.60%) and females (n=227,786, 45.40%) presenting to the rural vision centres was 1.2:1. The most prevalent ocular disorder was Refractive Errors (n=273,720, 44.32%).

Conclusions:This study describes a novel technology tool to address the challenges of connectivity and power in capturing clinical information of patients in a large rural vision center network in India.