Sankara Eye Foundation India’s recent innovation, Sankara Electronic Remote Vision Information System (SERVIS), seeks to save not just nine but millions with real time community level data on blindness and vision impairment. It is a unique android based application designed to capture live village level data for planning necessary interventions aimed at control of blindness, was launched this Thursday by Founder and Managing Trustee, Dr. R.V. Ramani along with Mr. Jomy Lawrence, Manager – Vodafone Business Services, Chennai at Sankara Eye Hospital, Coimbatore.
‘A one of its kind program, the role based SERVIS will make the process of outreach paperless as Sankara’s team of field workers, optometrists, ophthalmologists and paramedicswill use tablets to record patient specific data during household surveys and eye camps, providing instant advisories and promoting preventive eye care awareness.’ said, Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, DGM, Community Outreach.
‘Being the first eye care provider to have been able to automate hospital level data through online EMR country wide, Sankara decided to harness technology to integrate community level information as well. What’s more is that the information is geo tagged (GIS and GPS enabled), which means that the gathered data will provide real time information on blinding disease patterns and eye care utilization, thus enabling prompt intervention and planning of programs so that no one needlessly goes blind. Two years of extensive efforts have perfected it to meet the highest expectation of a responsive surveillance and information system.’ said Bharath Balasubramaniam, President – Sankara Eye Hospital.
SERVIS received a big shot in the arm last year with the Mobile for Good awards 2014 – Utilizing technological innovations for driving social change – main health category. Mobile for Good Awards, a flagship initiative of Vodafone India which supports emerging mobile solutions with transformational impact on the society, has reinforced Sankara’s resolve to implement and scale up the activities throughout the entire network across India.
SERVIS will not only be a unique experiment for eye care but a pioneering one in the space of development sector in India like health, education and micro finance when such a technology is used to capture live village level data across the country.