Telemedicine platform will help eye care professionals build their skills

Colin Kerr

Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Santen and Orbis International has announced a partnership to develop a suite of digital training tools that will continue to help eyecare professionals around the world build their skills. Through the three-year, global partnership, Orbis and Santen will create online courses, live surgical demonstrations and artificial intelligence (AI) focused on glaucoma, a leading cause of avoidable blindness.
“Santen values the advancements that can be made through collaboration and digital learning, and especially in times like these, this partnership will be another step forward for better eyecare for millions of patients,” said Shigeo Taniuchi, President and CEO of Santen. “Digital resources and solutions are critical to ensure doctors can provide optimal care to their patients. This partnership combines Orbis’s innovative technology in ophthalmic training and our global industry knowledge to enhance our joint mission of improving eye health for people around the world.”
“Technology has opened so many doors in our work to end avoidable blindness. This initial step in the new partnership with Santen is very significant for Orbis because it allows us to further strengthen Cybersight offerings and reach more ophthalmologists in more countries,” said Dr Danny Haddad, Chief of Programs at Orbis International. “As we increase eyecare professionals’ access to training in their local language, we are ensuring that more patients get the quality care they deserve.”
In a joint statement Santen and Orbis said this partnership will bring together two global leaders in eye health and ensure that eyecare professionals and their patients will continue to benefit from the latest knowledge and technology. “Virtual solutions that allow for distance learning and connection have never been more important. Amid the current public health situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, record-breaking numbers of eyecare professionals have registered for Cybersight and taken advantage of the platform’s learning opportunities,” said a spokeswoman.