Oculo and Monkey Software will partner to securely link their software platforms to streamline and enhance clinical communications for eye care.
Monkey Software’s Optomate is practice management software for independent optometrists in Australia and New Zealand. Oculo is an internet-based secure messaging service that connects clinical communications between eye care professionals. It was developed by Centre for Eye Research Australia with input from optometrists at BUPA Optical, OPSM and Laubman and Pank, and Specsavers, as well as ophthalmologists in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
Dr. Kate Taylor CEO of Oculo said an inclusive system was important for the provision of quality eye health. “We want to ensure that Oculo is an inclusive system that facilitates quality care for as many eye patients as possible. We want to make it easy for independent optometrists to join the Oculo network, which already exceeds 1,000 users, 215 ophthalmologists and 400 practices across Australia,” she said.
Chris Monks, Director of Monkey Software said, “Independent optometrists are committed to providing the best possible quality of clinical care. We recognise that today collaborative care is an important part of optometrists’ contribution to eye care, and so we are keen to facilitate this.
“Communications through Oculo will also help our optometrist users connect with GPs and other medical specialists,” said Mr. Monks. “This is important both for patient care and to promote the central role of optometry in primary eye care.”