Oculo Launches in U.S. With FDA Registration, HIPAA Compliance and First U.S. Customer

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Product: Oculo
Top Line: The Oculo system is a web-enabled platform that addresses the global problems of data silos and disconnected clinical communication in healthcare. Designed to facilitate seamless co-managed care, the cloud-based Oculo platform connects physicians regardless of location or the systems they use in their practices to facilitate the instant and secure transfer of patient data. Oculo powers the secure sharing of referrals, clinical imaging and test results between physicians.
“When we started Oculo in Australia four years ago, we knew the pain and clinical risks that occur when health data is trapped in disconnected silos,” said Oculo CEO Dr. Kate Taylor. “Quality care rests on continuity of communication. When patients have to act as carrier pigeons, vital information gets lost. This is a global problem. We are thrilled to be announcing our FDA registration and HIPAA compliance, meaning Oculo can connect clinical care for providers in the United States.”
Close Up: Oculo reports that in Australia, over 80 percent of ophthalmologists and 65 percent of optometrists are using Oculo to communicate and share clinical imaging and data securely to facilitate better care for over 750,000 patients. In New Zealand, just 12 months post-launch, over 60 percent of eyecare professionals are using Oculo.
Jade Schiffman, MD, of Neuro-Ophthalmology of Texas, is Oculo’s founding customer in the U.S. Dr. Schiffman and her colleagues will be using the Oculo platform integrated with Topcon’s Harmony image management solution to streamline the flow of information in and out of her practice to her network of referring optometrists and ophthalmologists. Dr. Schiffman said, “Oculo takes the images from Harmony with HIPAA security and compliance transports these images between providers now in Australia and New Zealand. The software is easy to operate and images are easy to select from Harmony as I understand and be sent (a process now that is hugely labor intensive, requiring extra staff to do all of this one image at a time).
Vital Stats: Oculo was founded by the Centre for Eye Research Australia and is based in Melbourne, Australia. Since launching in 2015, Oculo has grown a user base of over 3400 clinicians in Australia and New Zealand and has managed over 750,000 patients. Oculo is also the technology partner for KeepSight, a first-ever national diabetes eyecare program funded by the Australian government in a public-private partnership.
Oculo is now working to connect clinicians around their patients around the world. In March 2019, Oculo partnered with Topcon Healthcare Solutions (THS), a global leader in eyecare devices and image management.
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