World Association of Eye Hospitals

Collaborative research for new approaches in vision care.

World Association of Eye Hospitals explores innovations in eye care delivery

12th annual meeting held for the first time in the United States at Kellogg Eye Center

Newswise — ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The World Association of Eye Hospitals will host its first meeting in the United States June 6-9 at the University of Michigan W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, one of 45 member eye hospitals worldwide committed to collaboration in eye care.

During the 12th annual meeting, top-level administrators and faculty from major eye hospitals will explore how virtual reality and big data are transforming eye care delivery.

“The issues we face in health care are phenomenally complex and through the World Association of Eye Hospitals we can exchange ideas and experiences that can lead to breakthrough solutions,” says David Probert, chair of the WAEH and chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.

At least 10 million people in the United States are blind or visually impaired. Globally, 160 million individuals have eye diseases that range from childhood eye disorders to age-related macular degeneration.

Through six themes, this year’s annual meeting will explore ways eye hospitals can capture their full potential to protect people’s sight:

  • Inspiring hospital design
  • Staff roles in eye hospitals: Who does what to organize eye hospitals in an efficient and effective way
  • Innovations in eye care from artificial intelligence to robotics
  • Philanthropy and fundraising
  • How to improve hospital safety and quality
  • New business models in eye care

Among the keynote speakers is former U.S. astronaut Jim Bagian, M.D., a patient safety expert who leads the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety at the University of Michigan.

Keynote addresses  will also be delivered by MCity Deputy Director Carrie Morton, who is transforming mobility through the development of automated vehicles; Raymond J. Hutchinson, M.D., associate dean for regulatory affairs at the University of Michigan Medical School, and Paul R. Lichter, M.D., former director of Kellogg Eye Center, an inspired philanthropist who views fundraising as a means for helping institutions excel.

Meaningful measures in eye care

The WAEH draws on collaborative research for new approaches in vision care. A report to be delivered at this year’s meeting marks the first collaboration of its kind in outcomes reporting…..

Read more: http://www.newswise.com/articles/world-association-of-eye-hospitals-explores-innovations-in-eye-care-delivery

Article ID: 695588

Released: 4-Jun-2018 5:05 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Michigan Medicine – University of Michigan