James Cook University ISSN 1445-6354
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.