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Oculo, Finalist in Qld Health’s Start-up Showcase

Oculo, the internet-based clinical communications platform for eye care professionals, has achieved finalist status in the first eHealth Queensland start-up and innovation showcase for emerging suppliers of new digital health solutions. The aim of the showcase was to identify emerging solutions that would aid the design, delivery and management of healthcare services.

Top achieving organisations were selected by a panel of 30 judges including Queensland Health clinicians and administrators and Network Ten’s Shark Tank expert Dr. Glen Richards. The announcement was made on 21 October, 2016.

Oculo’s proposal was made with support from the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and targeted the Hospital’s one to two-and-a-half year waiting list for children needing routine eye care for conditions like squint and diabetes. Oculo presented its platform to link the Hospital’s ophthalmology services with community-based optometrists involved with the Hospital’s innovative Paediatric Optometry Alignment Programme.

“We were delighted by the interest in using Oculo to promote better clinical collaboration between public hospital and community-based eye services,” said Dr. Kate Taylor, CEO of Oculo. “Business as usual for hospital outpatient eye care is resulting in waiting lists that are years long across the country. We have to get creative to develop models for care that are both high quality and timely.”

Dr. Taylor said the goal was to deliver quality care for children in a more efficient and convenient manner. “ Having low-risk children managed in the community could mean that the Hospital can better focus on high-risk patients with complex, surgical needs,” said Dr. Taylor.

“We think that tele-ophthalmology and collaborative care between the community and hospitals offer an enormous opportunity, not only for paediatrics, but also for the growing burden of adult eye diseases like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, as well as for rural and remote eye care,” she said.

The grand winner of the Queensland Health’s Start-up and Innovation Showcase was Simient, a Queensland company looking at providing an integrated health record for children.