Using Cybersight telemedicine technology, Orbis International can teach procedures in real-time and mentor doctors-in-training abroad.
The path ahead
However, a collaboration with Visulytix, an AI company, that integrates their technology, Pegasus, with Cybersight’s platform, could address the issue.
Pegasus analyzes retina images, which can be taken with a standard retina camera or even a mobile phone. The images are then uploaded to Visulytix’s cloud service, and in a matter of eight seconds the AI system generates a report to Cybersight with an analysis.
“Its [Pegasus’] addition to Cybersight enables doctors in low-resource countries to be some of the first to access to this latest advancement in medical AI to help them detect, diagnose and treat patients with blinding eye diseases,” says Dr. Neely.
In terms of educational outreach, Cybersight speaks volumes about what’s ahead for the future of charitable missions.
“I would like to see a day when we can easily do live, remote ‘hands-on’ teaching. By that, I mean the ability to have a mentor and a mentee in two different countries who can examine a patient together or perform a surgery remotely with the mentor as a virtual assistant,” says Dr. Neely.
While Orbis is piloting these things now, there are still kinks to work out, such as having enough bandwidth and limited latency.
“It’s coming—we can do it in a few places now, but I want to see us be able to do it everywhere we work,” says Dr. Neely.
Daniel E. Neely, MD
Dr. Neely is professor of Ophthalmology at the Indiana University School of Medicine Glick Eye Institute and specializes in all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology.
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