Could we teach Ed Sheeran how to perform? Or Cristiano Ronaldo how to kick a ball? Probably not! But it does seem that in the US, the land of Silicon Valley, Apple and world-beating innovation, we’re showing them a thing or two about ophthalmic technology.

Our recent trip to the US was an amazing success. Our travels took us first to Miami and then onto New York where we made important connections and had conversations with big players in the optometry market in both states.

Throughout the visit Compiler VC, an investor in our business, led the way, introducing us to other investment companies as well as some key optical organisations. This allowed us the opportunity to discuss and gauge the response from the US market first hand. And, we were happy to have IbisVision’s technology and mission validated by those who would be looking to utilise our platform or even invest in its future. From our conversations we found that now is the perfect time for IbisVision to enter the US market with a tele-optometry solution that will transform the way eye care is provided.

IbisVision’s technology is ahead of the curve, and we know that we are primed and ready to disrupt the market. We spoke to several optical leaders, and they have confirmed and also welcomed further innovation in the market. In particular, our forthcoming introduction of remote refraction will be a game changer, allowing for an even broader range of optical tasks to be undertaken remotely.

There are also other organisations innovating in the optometry space and we were lucky enough to meet some of them at Vision Expo in New York.  We saw the likes of Grand Vision who were recently acquired by EssilorLuxottica and are now “exploring new paths around digitization and innovation.” We also discussed the future of telemedicine and saw some of the team at Topcon Healthcare who are doing some amazing things in telehealth. Their telehealth solution ‘Harmony’ creates connectivity ensuring that eye care professionals can use their current software while adopting the latest technologies; a vital piece of the puzzle when introducing telemedicine solutions!

It’s safe to say we met and spoke to some big innovators in the industry. Keep an eye out on what’s next for IbisVision – we gained some exciting ideas from our time in the US as well as validating our current plan to revolutionise the optical sector; we’ll have more updates on this over the coming months! For now, we’re delighted to be offering our tele-optometry solution to the market and are looking forward to seeing IBIS-Connect in action in more and more optometry settings.

Why not take a look for yourself? Find out more about IBIS-Connect, here.

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.

For a company like IbisVision, where our product is developed with the input and intelligence of partners and the market, meeting up with the companies who’ll use our platform is one of the most important tasks we can do. This is really vital in the US, which has the most cutting-edge health sector in the world, but also differs somewhat from the public model found across Europe, so we’re learning all the time.

The highlight in this case was making an appearance at the weekend at Vision Expo in New York where some of the biggest names in optometry were in attendance. We showcased our tele-optometry solution IBIS-Connect to numerous professionals and stopped by for a visit to the likes of Essilor and Clear Vision to speak further about what we’re doing for the market. The connections we’re making and conversations we’re having will definitely change the future of IbisVision.

From the past few days, we’ve been lucky enough to have gained some amazing feedback and observations. IbisVision is definitely at the forefront of the telemedicine evolution in optometry and over the next few days we’ve got some more exciting things coming up. We have important connections to be made in New York and we’ll be meeting with venture capitalists and remote healthcare networks to talk more about IBIS-Connect.

Our usual gripe though – our team hasn’t had much time to stop off at any of the iconic tourist attractions so we’ve added the Empire State building and Statue of Liberty to Disneyland on our “missed” list! But you never know…we might indulge ourselves just once before we fly home!

 

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 getting in touch with us, here.

The IbisVision team will be heading to New York this weekend (jetting up from a hectic and hot Miami) to meet the world’s biggest optical players at VisionExpo, a showcase of what’s new, exciting and cutting edge for the optical industry, in one of the world’s most lively cities.

VisionExpo, the complete event for ophthalmic professionals, is one of the biggest meetings in the US optical industry and hosts the likes of eye care professionals, buyers, influencers, and technology leaders; an excellent place to mingle and talk all things optometry!

The US is an important market for IbisVision as we look to introduce our technology to a market that is worth $37.5 billion with cutting-edge innovations taking hold at a rapid pace. IbisVision will be attending VisionExpo to showcase our remote eye testing technology to some key innovators, and demonstrate in real-time exactly what it can do. We have arranged stop by meetings to demonstrate IBIS-Connect with organisations such as Essilor and ClearVision, with a few other notable names on the cards!

With some of the biggest names in optometry in attendance, VisionExpo is the perfect place for IbisVision to explore the many opportunities for entering the US market, and what better back drop than the Manhattan Skyline. If we can make it there, we’ll make it anywhere…

Want to catch up at Vision Expo? Get in touch with us, here.

IbisVision, the Glasgow-based company that’s revolutionising optometry through its remote eye test technology, is embarking on a £5 million fund raise drive in the US this week led by Florida-based investment company Compiler VC. IbisVision is also seeking in parallel to extend its commercial footprint in what is the world’s largest eye-care market.

The programme will see Chief Executive Officer Mark Roger and Chief Commercial Officer Melville Berwick over a two-week period meet with investors with access to more than $25 billion of funding. The meetings will take place in both Florida and New York and the team will also be connecting with leading eye care providers and charities.

The fund raise is led and sponsored by Compiler which is led by Adam Wolman and Yannick Henriette. The Florida-based business was an original investor in IbisVision and among its portfolio specialises in healthcare and in particular eyecare – the firm which has many years of experience within the optical sector, previously developed and then sold For Eyes, a retail optician business with 150 locations across the US.

The capital raise is part of an ambitious plan to build out IbisVision’s capabilities outside of the UK, where it currently is working with the NHS and optometrists in developing its remote eye test technology. The company already sells its technology in India, where it is used in kiosks situated in the country’s transport network.

IbisVision is now focusing on adapting its products for the $37.5 billion US market, where there is an annual tally of 88 million eye tests in a rapidly ageing population that as a result is highly susceptible to visual defects. With a widely dispersed population and a largely fragmented market of around 35,000 optometrists, there is increasing demand for the telemedicine that IbisVision specialises in.

Commenting, CEO Mark Roger said: “While Glasgow born and bred, we have global ambitions, and you cannot be a global business without a significant footprint in the US. Our proposition is very much aligned with the trends that the US investment industry is focused on, as evidenced by the continuing support from Adam and Yannick at Compiler. With increased funding from US investors, we hope to tap our international potential with a key focus being the lucrative and expanding US eye-care market itself.”

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Interviews with can be arranged by appointment

 

For more information: Laura Hillhouse, marketing manager:           07414 558 542 lhillhouse@ibisvision.co.uk

 

 David Clarke, press contact:                           07887 600 234    david@davidgfclarke.com

 

Compiler Venture Capital
Hadley Case, press contact:                                                    hadley@compiler.vc

 

About IbisVision:

IbisVision was founded in 2014 by a former eye surgeon Dr Blair Donaldson, an honorary consultant at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and honorary senior lecturer at Aberdeen University. IbisVision’s purpose is to offer innovative eye technology that revolutionizes the customer journey, increases efficiency, and makes eye care more widely accessible. Providing multiple tests on a single cloud-based platform gives universal accessibility with a software as a service (SaaS) delivery model dramatically reducing capital expenditure. The IbisVision platform allows optical professionals to remotely examine eyes using a variety of tests including 24–2, Amsler Grid, Colour and Visual Acuity. This allows for clinicians to interact with and support their patients while they assess vision remotely as well as detecting conditions such as glaucoma, a serious ailment that can cause the loss of sight, all without any need for direct contact between the medical professional and patient. More information is available at: www.ibisvision.co.uk

 

About Compiler Venture Capital:

Compiler Venture Capital is a venture capital firm based in Miami and Washington DC. Compiler provides growth capital to diverse businesses that show promise in the sectors of health, science, and technology. Founded by General Partners Adam Wolman, Hossein Noshirvani, and Yannick Henriette, Compiler has had a successful track record of investing and building organizations. It has helped private companies attain their growth objectives by tapping into a set of resources, knowledge base, and network of relationships designed to help companies scale. More info available at: www.compiler.vc

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This time yesterday we were en route to Miami, nestled in our plane seats likely between some people seeking a bit of winter/early spring sun and some families possibly looking to visit Disneyland and a host of other exciting attractions to be found in the Sunshine State.

Not us unfortunately! We are here on much more serious business – in fact two key elements which are pivotal for the future of IbisVision. Firstly we’ll be engaged in a round of talks with potential investors – as the world’s biggest investment market, it obviously makes sense for us to tap funding from some of the most experienced and well-known private equity investors in the world. Already, we have funding from Compiler VC, a well-known Florida-based firm who helped us get to the position where we are –  to disrupt, but also to help optometrists around the world see a wider group of people, and help those optometrists identify those most at risk from online -related maladies.

But just as in the case of the US being the biggest investment market, if you’re not plugged in to the US eye-care market you’re not an international player. It’s by far and away the biggest in the world, worth about $37.5 billion, which is is pretty ginormous when you consider that export value of the Scotch whisky industry for example is about $2.5 billion annually. There are 35,000 opticians scattered across this vast nation who are all looking to reach as many patients as efficiently as they can, and that’s what IbisVision is all about.

We’re really looking forward to getting to know more about the US investment sector and most importantly it’s unique and cutting edge medical and optometry system. So while we hope many of our younger fellow travellers might be rubbing their eyes in the excitement of meeting Donald and Mickey, our eyes are focused on the biggest prize our business could win.

 

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 getting in touch with us, here.

IbisVision is delighted to once again be sponsoring the Optoversity Challenge in aid of Vision Care for Homeless People. The event which takes place on the 27th of February brings together students from optometry schools across the UK. Take a look at the latest announcement about the challenge below!

Optoversity Challenge 2022 calls all students to get online!

The Out of the Box Optoversity Challenge – 27 February – is urging all optometry students to book their place for the biggest student event in the sector, with a day of fun and abundant prizes to be won.

Gajan Singh, co-organiser, is keen to exceed last year’s record of 80 students taking part –

“The day offers Interaction with students from other universities, the chance to network and to learn about career opportunities with our expert panels.  We will be testing clinical knowledge and soft skills and building on the success of last year with quizzes, scenarios and challenges that you will face in practice.  The questions will be geared to first, second and third year student categories. Participants will also learn about how to get support throughout their pre-reg.”

This is the 6th year of Optoversity Challenge and last year £8,000 was raised for the partner charity Vision Care for Homeless People. Student fundraising was key to its success, with one team raising more than £2,000.

Top prize is a new Keeler ophthalmoscope and retinoscope, valued at around £1,500.

Laura Haverley, Head of UK Sales at Keeler is delighted to support the event –

“Vision Care for Homeless People is such a worthwhile charity and is very close to my heart”

Other businesses supporting the event are Alcon, Booth & Bruce, Cooper Vision, Haag Streit, Heine, Ibis Vision, Lenstec, Millmead, No7 Contact Lenses, Norville, Scope, Theapharma, Tokai, Topcon, Wolf Eyewear, the AOP, FODO and College of Optometrists.

 

Please visit: www.outoftheboxoptics.co.uk/optoversity-challenge to sign up

Businesses wanting to be involved should contact alison.gordon@vchp.org.uk

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/ 

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

IbisVision is working with Forth Valley NHS on innovation for the future of optometry

We are delighted to be working with NHS Forth Valley to develop new technology which enables healthcare staff to carry out remote eye tests on people at home or in schools.

IbisVision was one of two companies chosen to work on this project to develop remote eye tests so that vision problems can be more easily detected, monitored and managed. Since the beginning of 2020, there have been changing needs in accessing healthcare and a lot of this has come from the effects of Covid-19. The onset of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns brought the need for eye care to be managed differently into focus. These new methods are hoped to allow for less people requiring in-person appointments in optician practices and hospitals.

New methods of eye testing aim to help manage eye conditions in the community while offering a personable service even though the testing is remote. IbisVision as well as other technology providers in the market, have created technology that allows this to happen and means that anyone can have their concerns addressed whether they are in the practice or not.

Virtual technology is an important step for the optical industry and IbisVision was chosen as part of this project to continue our work to make eye care accessible for all. Our telemedicine solution, IBIS-Connect, enables clinicians to seamlessly connect with their patients wherever they are whether that be at home or in a community facility. Our interactive platform means that patients can receive specialist medical advice via an online face-to-face consultation that might otherwise require an in-person appointment in hospital.

Telemedicine is a key component in the modernisation of health provision, and it enables initial assessment, triage and referral decisions to be made by a specialist clinician over video connection. A unique feature that IBIS-Connect brings to the table is our eye examination suite that can accurately determine the position of a patient and it allows for tests to be carried out no matter where the patient is; all they need is access to a computer or laptop and an internet connection.

IBIS-Connect has a unique offering and being part of this project has allowed us to further develop our platform, allowing us to continue to make eye care more accessible. This accessibility benefits those who require medical and optical advice while avoiding unnecessary hospital visits. We look forward to continuing our work that will aid in reducing pressure on clinicians as well as offering a convenient alternative for patients.

 

IbisVision provides innovative vision testing software to the optical industry. We combine multiple eye tests on a single platform that’s easily accessed online connecting optometrists with their patients. Find out more, 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

The IbisVision team are delighted with our brand new website. A few months ago we decided it was time to give our website a new look so we enlisted the services of Glasgow-based web agency Parachute. As we further develop our product and telemedicine solution, we thought it was time to reflect this growth in our website and Parachute helped us successfully transform our online presence.

Here’s a look into the journey of our new website and how we went from our original website to the brand new version you can view today.

This is what our original website looked like and while this worked for us, we wanted a nice refresh to reflect the growth of IbisVision:

Using our original imagery, Parachute helped us to mock up what our new website could potentially look like. 

Proposed homepage:

We also had some help from the Parachute team with some new iconography. Here’s some examples of our new icons – we wanted to keep the use of our gradient while creating some new looks:

As we progressed through the design and development phases, we had some transformations from the first mock ups and this led to us settling on the brand new IbisVision website. Our new website is filled with all you need to know about us and our product as well as acting as a place for our customers to log in and get support materials on how to use the IbisVision platform; it’s a place where we can have everything in the one place for potential and existing customers.

We’re extremely happy with our new website and think it greatly reflects how far IbisVision has come. You can take a look at our new site at www.ibis.vision – thank you to Parachute for helping us to take this from an idea to reality. You can take a closer look at their services at www.parachute.net.

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. 

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. 

IbisVision and Birmingham Optical have come together to ensure that the UK optical industry has access to new and disruptive technology to help better serve patients in a Covid and post Covid world. 
 
IbisVision’s comprehensive vision platform allows for multiple tests to be carried out on one device. It is also cloud-based so it can be accessed anywhere, at any time, on a desktop computer or laptop. Given the events of the past year and the new way in which most industries are operating, IbisVision has a solution that the optical industry needs. Birmingham Optical has recognised the impact of our technology and with over 60 years of experience, they are in a prime position to offer our product to the optical industry. 
 
Together, we have been working to make sure that we offer our technology to as many optometrists and practices across the UK as possible so that eye-care is still able to be provided to patients, no matter the circumstances. In a Covid and post Covid world, our platform allows optometrists to offer a no-contact solution in the practice and there is the option to have remote pre-screening tests so patients can be tested in the comfort and safety of their own homes. 
 
Birmingham Optical are a key supplier to the optical industry in the UK and provide equipment, services and expertise that are invaluable to their customers. We are delighted that they have chosen IbisVision to be one of those products that they know will be valuable to their customers and the wider market. 
 
For more information, speak to us or the team at Birmingham Optical at: 
 
info@ibisvision.co.uk 
sales@birminghamoptical.co.uk 

IbisVision, which offers breakthrough remote optometrist technology, is accelerating plans to roll out its platform to UK and US optometrists to help them in their battle to care for patients amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.

The Glasgow, Scotland-based company is hiring new client-facing staff in both the UK and US, its initial main markets, to help optometrists and opticians learn more about the products and services that can allow for remote and non-contact eye-care assessments. The rollout is being funded by an injection of investment from Miami-based Compiler Venture Capital, which also facilitates IbisVision’s entry into the extensive US optical health market. Compiler has many years of experience within the optical sector, having owned, managed and sold For Eyes, a retail optician business with 150 locations across the US.

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown have placed extensive limitations on businesses and professionals, with some predicting ongoing restrictions in some form for months or even years ahead. IbisVision’s technology could be lifechanging for those who at present may be unable to visit their eyecare specialist. The platform facilitates optical professionals to remotely examine eyes, or do so in the same location but without close contact, using a variety of tests including 24–2, Amsler Grid, Ishihara Colour and Visual Acuity. This allows for appointments, assessments, prescriptions, all without any need for direct contact between the medical professional and patient.

The technology could be additive to recommendations from the College of Optometrists, which in its Covid-19 guidance is advising for strict policies to ensure the potentially deadly virus is not spread through patient-optometrist contact. One of the key recommendations is to ensure that an initial video or telephone consultation is undertaken to determine the eyecare that may be required, and whether the patient may be suffering from Covid symptoms. IbisVision’s technology allows this stage to encompass a far greater range of activities, and may ultimately negate the need for an in-person consultation. Going forward the technology allows for eyecare specialists to ensure they can treat a wider range of patients, who may at present be challenged in visiting their optometrist due to illness, mobility or location issues.

The platform, which has been trialled by industry-leading opticians, has also demonstrated increased functionality independent of its distance applications. For example, by using a single piece of equipment it dramatically reduces the space needed in a practice, freeing up room for lucrative retail activities.

IbisVision has also received funding in the form of two awards from Innovate UK, a government agency established to identify and accelerate innovative business ideas with the most potential. The combined funding, as well as supporting this rollout, will allow the business to target growth areas such as remote refraction and clinician-led remote examination and disease monitoring.

Commercial Director Melville Berwick commented:

“Whilst we could never have foreseen the circumstances that we all face now, the Covid-19 pandemic has added real urgency to our efforts at IbisVision and validated our remote optometrist technology focus.

“Put simply, our technology could be the factor in saving someone’s eyesight. By allowing optometrists the ability to undertake a comprehensive eye exam without having to meet up with the patient, we are playing our part in ensuring that we find our way through these difficult times.

“I’d encourage all eyecare specialist individuals and businesses to come and talk to us and see how we can help them continue to operate under these most trying conditions.”

For more information: Laura Hillhouse, Marketing Manager: 07414558542 lhillhouse@ibisvision.co.uk


David Clarke, press contact:
07887 600 234 david@davidgfclarke.com

About IbisVision:
IbisVision is a reliable comprehensive vision platform that combines clinical experience and disruptive technology to allow Optometrists to carry out multiple eye exams on one device, on a single cloud-based platform. Our platform disrupts the traditional one instrument, one exam model and provides a high standard of eye care that can be carried out anywhere at any time. It’s quick, easy to use and portable so whatever the needs, our platform helps to provide effective eye care as well as add resilience to the businesses we’re working with. More information is available at www.ibis.vision

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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.