App Can Help Surgeons Plan Cataract Removal

Over 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery annually, making it one of the most common surgeries in the United States. Cataract surgery has changed a lot over the years, and experts are always looking for ways to improve the process. IBM and a major eye lens manufacturer recently partnered to develop an app for iPhones and iPads to log and deliver clinical information to assist surgeons in planning and performing cataract surgery.

With this app, surgeons will be able to manage information about their patient’s cataracts and give recommendations for the best intraocular lens (IOL) to insert during surgery. They will also be able to view information on walls in the operating room during surgical procedures and even receive guidance for the selection of a single, digital platform at the point of care.

Many surgeons use print-outs or notes in the operating room to view patient data, which can be inefficient. The app will provide surgeons with agreed-upon information that patients wish to share, and all the staff in the operating room can benefit from the convenience of viewing the information on display screens (Source: Health Care IT News).

This new technology could positively impact how surgeons manage patient information. Eye surgeons who tested the app believe that by capturing, displaying and analyzing the data over time, this tool will help provide excellent surgical outcomes, as well as increase efficiency.


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