Our travels over the past few weeks have been very exciting. We’ve been to Miami, New York and most recently the busiest city in the UK, London. We were there to attend one of the UK’s biggest optical shows, 100% Optical, where we teamed up with our partner Birmingham Optical to showcase our IBIS-Connect platform.

Birmingham Optical, a long-standing force in the UK optometry industry, held an impressive and busy stand over the 3-day event. We met and spoke to several professionals across the industry, showed them our platform and even got to see other optometry technologies in action. It was a weekend of knowledge sharing and forging relationships that will benefit the future of the sector. To also see the growing interest in telemedicine was extremely positive and validated that both IbisVision’s platform and ‘vision’ are right where they need to be.

Attendees of the event were treated to live demonstrations of our platform and our team showed them exactly how it can transform the patient journey. This was a fantastic way to show the optical world how IbisVision is revolutionising the optometry sector here in the UK and further afield. IbisVision also went paperless for this event and directed all of our new contacts online to find out more about us, why not take a look here.

We’re often hearing that the world is changing and we’re moving to new ways of living, working and communicating. Remote working opportunities have become the norm and we’ve been on and off video calls with colleagues, family and friends over the past two years. And this hasn’t just applied to our social and work lives, it has also affected how we interact with other services we need to access. Many of the services that have had to adapt have been in the healthcare sector. 

With face-to-face appointments dramatically reduced or stopped altogether, the healthcare industry has had to try and adapt. This is where telemedicine came in, and though not an entirely new concept, it was something that had to be introduced and accelerated in order to support healthcare professionals and their patients. We must also remember that, even prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, many patients suffered long wait times and clinicians and healthcare staff were under massive pressure. So, telemedicine providers have sought to solve issues caused by the pandemic but they’re also now here to help us with long-terms solutions that could transform the journey’s of both patients and clinicians alike. So, with all of that being said, how do we go about choosing a telemedicine provider when it’s an entirely new concept for us?  

Here’s some advice, hints and tips on what to look out for and what to ask when selecting your provider.  

First of all, what is telemedicine?  

If you’re not familiar with the concept of telemedicine and the technology that comes with it, it combines two major aspects. The first is in regards to ‘tele’ which relates to the specific method of communicating which in this case is video conferencing or calling. And remember, it’s all about face-to-face, real-time communication. The next aspect is ‘medicine’ which relates to the practice and diagnosis of patients, as well as offering treatments, prevention of illnesses and even remote patient monitoring. We must always be careful though not to confuse telemedicine with telehealth. Telehealth is a concept that relates to any type of remote or online communication in healthcare whether that be a text message or an app that offers tips and advice on managing illnesses. Telemedicine specifically relates to the diagnosis and treatments of patients via online face-to-face interactions.  

So, once we’ve understood it, how does it help your organisation?  

Telemedicine has many benefits and can fit in to improve processes and solve internal problems your organisation and clinicians and/or staff may have been facing. It can help to reduce waiting times by allowing you to fit in more patients online for slots throughout your day, but an extremely important aspect of telemedicine is the opportunity for remote triage and follow-ups. Telemedicine solutions can give you the ability to speak to patients before they come into your practice or healthcare setting so you can either rule them out of having to come in at all, diagnose and treat anything minor online or know that inviting them for an in-person appointment is absolutely necessary. Not only that, but it could reduce the pressure on staff with less footfall through your doors with a certain percentage of appointments being carried out online, especially when it comes to triage or follow up appointments. It’s important to note that most telemedicine solutions do not seek to phase out face-to-face interactions or clinicians, they are there to support processes already in place and to ensure that the patient and clinician journey run smoothly with less pressure on the organisation.  

Now, we must look at which supplier to choose and why! 

Map out exactly what you need and are looking for. This is vital as many telemedicine solutions will have different platforms. For example, IbisVision has a telemedicine solution for the optometry sector so would only be relevant to this industry. So, remember to be specific about the area you work in when you embark on your search.  

Check out any word-of-mouth recommendations first. It’s well known that referrals are an excellent way of getting new suppliers as there’s a certain element of trust and credibility when we know they have been used successfully elsewhere. If you haven’t heard of any, why not reach out to your peers or colleagues for some suggestions!  

Check with professional bodies. If you’re having no luck, try reaching out to your industry’s professional body. Chances are they may be aware of some options that are out there and are useful to your sector.  

Evaluate and compare. It’s important that, if possible, you pull together a few options and see what each can do for your business. However, this isn’t always necessary, and you may find the perfect fit right away!  

Get to know the provider a little more. Make sure to get a comprehensive demo and even try the platform out for yourself. It’s important you get to know the platform and the team to ensure it’s a good fit for your business.  

Evaluate the software. Throughout the demonstration process and conversations with the team, you should look at evaluating the software. Here are some questions to ask yourself when doing this:  

  • What does the business and team look like, and what’s the history, how is their financial stability and who are their other customers? 
  • What kind of support system do they have in place? When and how do you get in touch with them if you’re having issues with the platform?  
  • Are there any license requirements of using the software and what are the terms and conditions?  
  • What cybersecurity protocols are in place? You must ensure yours and your patients’ data is secure. 
  • Has the software been through any clinical validation? Have other healthcare professionals or bodies tried and tested this? You should request any research the company may have on this.  

Finally, test the product. It’s a good idea to test the product you have chosen and are going to be implementing. This allows you to view the user experience for both your staff and patients. This ensures it fits with what you’re looking for and it also user-friendly enough for you to implement.  

These steps should help to set you up for success when choosing your telemedicine provider. Getting your organisation in the right place in the digital space is important when looking to implement telemedicine and the technology that comes along with it. Going through these steps will also help you to mitigate any risks that could potentially arise for your business, and helps to get your team prepared! 

 

IbisVision provides telemedicine to the optometry industry. With our technology, optometrists can carry out eye tests with their patients no matter where they are. Find out more by visiting us at www.ibis.vision  

SBRI Healthcare announced today the nine winners of Competition 18, Stroke and Technology, including IbisVision. The pioneering MedTech innovators will share £800,000 in development funding for their solutions to help improve stroke pre-hospital diagnosis, rehabilitation and life after stroke. 

The competition, developed in partnership with the Stroke Association, the AHSN Network and Accelerated Access Collaborative, focused on improving the quality of NHS services in the context of care provided to stroke patients, reducing the prevalence of independent lives lost to stroke by early identification of at-risk groups, and to ensure provision of support which will help patients manage their condition.

For a full list of the projects visit: https://sbrihealthcare.co.uk/news/sbri-healthcare-awards-800k-to-pioneering-innovations-in-the-stroke-and-technology-field/ 

IbisVision recently featured on The Seven on BBC Scotland, and we’re delighted to be able to share this and showcase where IbisVision has got to on our journey. We filmed this exclusive interview in the perfect setting of the Glasgow Science Centre. During the interview, our team spoke all about our tele-optometry solution. Our consultant optometrist also carried out remote vision test with innovation correspondent, Laura Goodwin all the way from Birmingham. This was a great opportunity to show our innovative platform and how it can be used in a telemedicine capacity.

If you’re interested in hearing more about IBIS-Connect, get in touch with us, here.

2021 saw a lot of talk about telemedicine and its potential uses. We got first looks at how it has been developed and the ways it’s being used in different sectors, with a big push for this technology in many healthcare settings.  

The implementation of telemedicine solutions has varied, with some organisations simply exploring opportunities or testing the waters with small parts of their patient and/or consumer groups. Major progress that we’ve witnessed has come from these solutions allowing people to be seen remotely by clinicians throughout the pandemic. This was especially beneficial when strict social distancing guidelines were in place, and some still are. As we look forward, more advancements in telemedicine are coming and it’s going to go much further than video calls. 

What does telemedicine look like this year?  

2022 is going to see further developments and improvements in telemedicine solutions. As much as remote systems have helped connect clinicians and patients over the last few years, there’s a lot still to be done in connecting systems internally. Telemedicine providers will be looking to make their solutions more integrated with existing internal software such as patient management systems. This means that we are going to be seeing advances that are more than just 1:1 telehealth doctor-patient video conferencing. As well as integrating more effectively, we’ll also be seeing systems that can allow for group sessions and aids to diagnosis that can be utilised online.  

“The technology is what will enable this industry to realize the full potential of virtual care beyond transactional, one-time interactions.” (healthcareitnews.com) 

We need to see a more continuous use of telemedicine in settings to see how it can really transform an organisation but what we’ve witnessed so far is promising for the future. How it will be used in 2022 will change the way that businesses operate, and we will see a more hybrid approach to using telehealth and telemedicine solutions. This will involve still having face-to-face interactions with patients but also moving some services online which will allow for business transformations.  

The digital world is continuously evolving, and new innovations are coming all the time. Current and new telemedicine providers are looking to continue with their solutions, and we’re looking forward to seeing developments in these innovations. 2021 was an innovative year and 2022 will see this momentum continue; if you are not already looking at telemedicine platforms, now is the time to see what’s out there!  

 

Talk to our team about IbisVision’s telemedicine platform for optometry, IBIS-Connect, today; get in touch at info@ibis.vision

Health kiosks are an amazing advancement in medical technology that’s helping to make healthcare more accessible. This IBIS-Focus article is going to look at what health kiosks are, why there’s such a drive for them in India, and what the outlook is for the future.  

What is a health kiosk? 

First, let’s look at health kiosks in general. A health kiosk is an electronic machine that helps the public access health screenings quickly and easily. Some are often used by hospitals and UK GP practices as simple check-in systems but there are others out there that are much more advanced and can give real-time diagnostics about an individual’s health such as weight and blood pressure. Each company developing kiosks have put their own spin on things, but in the end it’s all about making health screenings more accessible and a great experience for the user. 

Locations of kiosks are also dependant on the business and their model. For example, our partner in India, Pulse Active Stations, locate their kiosks in high footfall areas such as metro stations so they can be easily accessed when people are out and about travelling to and from work. Another popular location is supermarkets, and businesses like Higi are doing this in the US. Additionally, we also have self-serve kiosks that act as check-in systems and are located in hospital and medical environments. It can definitely be agreed that kiosks are an emerging technology that have various features, functions and are also extremely flexible. This is why they are becoming more and more popular, especially as the world moves to a more technology focused way of interacting.

Health kiosks and their place in India  

The pandemic has led to major shifts in the way that people access healthcare. One of the countries that has been at the forefront of embracing different telemedicine solutions, is India. In September, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced that the Government of India’s national teleconsultation service, completed over 1.2 crore (12 million) OPD consultations (businessworld.in). This allowed the government to tackle doctor and specialist shortages, especially in remote locations. There has also been a massive uptake from clinicians adopting the use of technological solutions. Doctors who used technology before the pandemic sat at 5%, that figure is now 70-80% (theweek.in). This is an incredible jump, and it speaks to how much the healthcare industry has progressed. As the rise in the use of new technology has taken hold, new ways of screening for health conditions have also been thought about and introduced.  

This is where health kiosks (also often described as medical kiosks) come in. Digitisation has helped processes in many ways and allows for the easing of pressure in hospitals and can reduce the number of patients needing to be seen. Having been implemented in public spaces and workplaces in India, kiosks are becoming one of the first points of contact for the general public looking for a health screening. This is vital in the early diagnosis of any health concerns and with most kiosks being interactive, they will analyse the information taken from the patient and will give suggestions for the daily care of the patient. This then allows the patient to make informed decisions about their health and can see a medical professional if they need to.  

Kiosks are also an ideal way of offering a screening option to those in remote locations. And this is not just restricted to general medical care, they are also being used for other types of healthcare too. And this is what our partner, Pulse Active Stations, are using their kiosks for. These kiosks aid in early detection of conditions which are related to general health but with the help of IbisVision, this now also includes eye health. In India, 30 million people are blind due to cataracts and 1.2 million people have lost their vision from glaucoma-related complications. This is why kiosk solutions branching out into different aspects of health care is so important. Early detection in any health condition is key, and it’s vital that even in those in the most rural areas get access to this kind of support.  

The outlook for the future  

As we look to the future, the outlook for kiosks appears to be positive. They are being implemented well in the healthcare industry but that’s not the only place we see them. We now see them implemented in car parks, food outlets and retail stores so it seems that the uptake isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. And this is good for the healthcare industry as it gives plenty more options and flexibility as they decide how exactly to implement them into their organisations.  

IbisVision has a keen interest in health kiosk technology, and our aim in helping to make eye care more accessible has become a reality in our partnership with Pulse Active Stations. To find out more about our work on health kiosks, read more here or feel free to get in touch with us here 

Telemedicine offers a whole new way of providing care in many healthcare industries. It’s already being used across multiple fields to provide virtual appointments to patients and better serve communities.

IbisVision has taken this one step further and developed a telemedicine solution for the optometry industry that allows for eye tests to be done virtually, saving any unnecessary trips to the optician if they’re not required. Our solution offers an alternative to in-person appointments that is more than just a virtual chat but provides a way for tests to be done remotely over an online connection. This type of technology is revolutionising the way that the optometry industry operates and is driving innovation within the sector.

Now that telemedicine is becoming more available, why should it be implemented by optometrists and other eye care professionals?

Firstly, it can make access to care easier for many individuals. Not everyone can go to the opticians easily and this can be for several reasons. Having a virtual option means that eye care can be easily accessed by those who live in remote locations, elderly people who are unable to travel, those with medical conditions or even those who have busy schedules. As well as making it more accessible, it also frees up the time for optometrists in the practice to take on more patients who require in-person appointments.

Telemedicine can also act as a no-contact testing solution. With the growth of telehealth throughout the pandemic some businesses are still using it as an option to keep themselves and their patients feeling safe and comfortable. Many individuals are still not fully open to face-to-face appointments, and telemedicine allows them to still have their eyes tested and any conditions detected.

Telemedicine solutions are not here to completely replace existing processes, the benefits of these systems are that they are mostly flexible and can be used a part of a hybrid solution. It’s up to the business and the optometrists to work out how they want it to fit in with how they already operate, and this is a real benefit for professionals. For example, IbisVision allows for the optometrist to see and speak to the patient before, during and after their eye test, keeping the connection going throughout the appointment.

New ways of working can benefit both professionals and patients and telehealth is definitely something that should be considered to improve processes. A hybrid model of practice can also be highly effective and no matter how you feel about telemedicine, it’s important to be aware of of the advancements it is bringing within the industry; it’s definitely not something to be ignored!

 

IbisVision provides innovative vision testing technology to the optical industry. Our telemedicine solution allows optometrists to test patients no matter where they are, and we also have other solutions on offer too. To find out more, get in touch here

Technology companies across the world are stepping up and finding new and innovative ways to ensure that people have easier access to healthcare. The need to create this accessibility has come from a number of reasons. For example, Covid-19 restrictions have increased the need for social distancing, and telemedicine also allows providers to give those who live-in remote locations the opportunity to access the healthcare they need in a timely way as well as helping those who are vulnerable.  
 
According to a Cisco global survey, 74% of patients prefer easy access to healthcare services over in-person interactions with providers. This means that even those who aren’t vulnerable are now pushing more for this type of care, and technology is becoming available in more and more health systems to allow this. Let’s take a look at what kind of solutions are out there: 
 
Remote technology
 
 
Telemedicine is on the rise in many health systems. IbisVision has developed a remote solution for the optometry industry but there are many other healthcare professionals utilising this type of software too. 
 
Remote appointments are being aided with solutions such as online platforms and smartphone applications. These options help to connect patients with healthcare providers without any wasted time or the additional costs of in-person visits to the patient or the organisation. Remote solutions are also here to help providers offer patient-centred approaches while improving the timeliness of appointments, something that is going a long way in improving the quality of care. 
 
Health kiosks 
 
Health kiosks help to serve the general public and offer screening tools for individuals to check up on their health quickly without having to visit a doctor. These kiosks are often located in supermarkets or retail spaces and most recently, workplaces have started to place these in their office spaces too. 
 
A visit to a clinician will only be recommended if the kiosk reports back results that require a physical check-up. This helps to save time for both the patient and healthcare professional as it cuts down time spent at the practice as well as having to make multiple visits. Health kiosks like those from Higi and Pulse Active Networks are focused on improving wellness of the public and are a non-invasive way of screening an individual’s health. Many of these kiosks are utilised across the world and can currently capture measurements such as an individuals’ weight, height, BMI, blood pressure and heart rate. However, this is an evolving concept and more healthcare providers are looking at utilising kiosks as a first point of care for their patients. 
 
Technology is allowing us to provide healthcare to patients like never before. This is making healthcare easier to access for everyone and also makes it less intimidating for those who are vulnerable. While there have been limitations to telemedicine in the past, providers are now addressing these issues to allow different healthcare industries to thrive using new solutions. 
 
To find out more about IbisVision and our telemedicine capabilities for the optical industry, get in touch with us, here. 

Not everyone is able to visit their opticians to attend eye tests, and this can be caused by a number of reasons which include physical and mental disabilities. These individuals are also often those who need access to eye care the most and this is why portable vision testing technology is a great addition for optometrists who provide domiciliary care. 
 
Technology, like IbisVision’s, helps to cut down the amount of equipment that optometrists need to take out to their patient’s homes. At the moment, optometrists often take a number of pieces of equipment with them and having technology available to them that holds a number of tests will make their jobs easier. It also makes the patient experience smoother in their homes and making the process as easy as possible is in the best interest of the patient and their wellbeing. 
 
Innovative vision testing software supports the domiciliary journey for both the optometrist and the patient, and allows the optometrist to carry out tests efficiently in order to determine the patient’s needs for vision care. This makes it easier for them to provide continuity of care too. Talk to our team today about how we can support your business with portable vision testing technology. You can get in touch with us, here. 

A wide adoption of digital tools is allowing the optometry industry to progress and better face the challenges that have presented themselves over the past year. Not only this, but technology is helping to improve patient care while reducing costs for the industry too. 
 
In the past year, tele-health adoption has spiked at unprecedented rates across the world, with some providers reporting 175 times the number of consultations via tele-health compared to pre-pandemic visits in the US (medcitynews.com). This, however, did not mean that every organisation was prepared with the technology to offer or manage this uptake in virtual services. Initially, clinicians adopted solutions that were ready-made such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams but technology suppliers have stepped up and have been developing solutions that are tailored to specific industries and their offerings. From no-contact solutions to health kiosks, technology is playing a major part in allowing health and eye care professionals to navigate the effects of the pandemic. 
 
How can technology benefit the optical industry now and in the future? 
 
Technology is allowing us to provide solutions for current challenges that have come from Covid-19. However, we can use these technology solutions to improve the way in which we operate for the future and provide more essential services to patients. 
 
The advantages of implementing technology are endless, but one of the shining benefits is that technology is encouraging people to look after their health and wellbeing no matter their circumstances. For example, health kiosks mean that people can self-serve which is allowing those who are still worried about visiting doctors or hospitals access to health screenings before it’s absolutely necessary for them to visit a practice in person. In the long term, these types of self-service kiosks will suit those with busy lifestyles and it’s also more convenient for many to assess themselves quickly before booking an appointment with a doctor or other health professional. 
 
Remote technology is also beneficial for industry professionals as well as patients. Tele-optometry is helping to keep to social distancing guidelines for optometrists and patients and this is vital in allowing essential services and care to continue safely. It’s also going to be beneficial for the future too. This type of service will help to fit into people’s lives who are still working from home or have busy working schedules. It’ll also help to reach those who live in more remote locations and struggle to physically access these types of services on a regular basis. Technology is increasing access to vital services and development of software has been accelerated in the past year. This acceleration has allowed certain services to remain open for patients and will now be a key way in which health professionals and patients interact going forward. 
 
IbisVision provides innovative software to the optical industry which includes tele-optometry features as well as a no-contact solution for in-practice. To find out more, get in touch with us, here. 

This past year has brought many challenges for the optometry profession, and the industry has stepped up and faced these head on. From social distancing to working with suppliers that offer different ways of testing, optometrists are continuing to provide effective eye care to their patients. 
 
Why is no-contact testing important? 
 
The health and safety of those who have had to access vital services over the past year has been a top concern. Of those necessary services, eye care has been included and opticians have remained open for urgent, essential and routine eye care and tests. 
 
Most optical practices have put social distancing measures in place in and others have even started looking at no-contact testing solutions. No contact solutions mean that optometrists can reduce the risk of transmission of the Covid-19 virus and keep patients as safe as possible while they are treating them. 
 
No contact solutions will also pave the way for any future changes that may occur because of the pandemic. Every industry has had to adapt and many of the changes made will remain in place permanently, especially when it comes to close contact services. 
 
Technology can change the way optometrists test patient
 
 
IbisVision, and other companies like us, are working to provide alternatives to physical testing. Technology can provide different ways of testing patients whether that be equipment that allows for no or limited contact, or remote testing. This type of technology also gives options to optometrists on how they wish to operate; they can choose to see patients in practice or remotely. It also helps to follow current legal guidance but will reduce risks that might be faced going forward out of the pandemic. 
 
Here at IbisVision, we believe that optometry-led remote screening will reduce patient exposure to Covid-19 and support the industry with all the changes and challenges in the future. Our software enables the optometrist to adjust to the ‘new normal,’ driving positive change for the profession and we support all aspects of no-contact testing whether optometrists choose to do this in practice or remotely. 
 
For more information and to see our software in action, contact us at info@ibisvision.co.uk. 

Covid 19 has accelerated tele-medicine in many fields, one of these being the optical industry. The pandemic essentially put a stop to eye care for a few months in 2020 before there was clear guidance on how optical outlets could reopen. This shone a light on what needs to progress in order to care for patients with eye conditions, whether they’re known or unknown. This priority is likely to continue long after lockdown restrictions ease.

Although tele-optometry is not a new concept, the drive for this to be introduced in the industry has increased exponentially given the events of the past year.

“Until the recent crisis, telemedicine has tended to be most useful in accessing remote or disparate populations who previously had little access to healthcare.” (opticianonline.net)

However, now tele-optometry is being looked at as a solution for all, and it’s a solution that will allow Optometrists to give continuity of care to their patients even if they have to socially distance or see them remotely.

There’s technology out there that’s working to make this a reality and some products are already in the market too. IbisVision allows for non-contact testing and will offer tele-optometry functions this year allowing the patient to complete exams at home with their optician online. Other health-tech organisations are developing apps that allow tests to be undertaken on a smartphone which can be used to order glasses.

All in all, some businesses are on track to offer technological solutions required by the optical industry and offer them what they need to navigate a Covid 19 and post-Covid 19 world.

Talk to us about our solution and how we can help with our non-contact eye examination solution. Contact us for more details, we’d love to hear from you.