By Dr. Joshua Mali
I am very excited about the prospect of utilizing our technology to improve our patients’ lives. The idea of combining online gaming with vision monitoring is not only fascinating but is now a reality. Tilak Healthcare, a digital therapeutics pioneer specializing in the development of mobile medical application games used as monitoring and rehabilitation tools for chronic diseases, is launching a pilot program in the US with Novartis for OdySight, Tilak Healthcare’s first clinically tested mobile app for patient remote vision monitoring. The program is the first to launch under an international collaboration announced in 2020 between Tilak Healthcare and Novartis to promote OdySight in the US and Europe following a successful collaboration in France.
The OdySight smartphone app is especially suited to monitor patients with chronic eye diseases associated with aging, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic macular edema, and diabetic retinopathy. The offering applies gamification to clinically tested visual acuity and Amsler Grid tests and provides patients with in-app puzzles that are unlocked with each completed test, which have been shown to help keep patients engaged and adherent to their vision monitoring schedules in between office visits.
When changes in visual acuity are detected by OdySight, patients are prompted to contact their physician. Additionally, physicians have access to an easy-to-use online portal through which they receive notifications of patient test results, potentially allowing them to detect disease progression at an earlier stage. Physicians are also invited to monitor results and patient activity on a regular basis through the portal that provides protected and access-restricted patient details.
Through regular virtual communication, OdySight is intended to help physicians remotely monitor their patients with chronic ocular diseases including AMD, with the potential to complement the standard experience for both patients and physicians and assist in follow-up planning.
There is no question the medical community, and specifically, the eye care community, has faced the growing importance of remote patient care. New digital solutions are more critical now than ever to help physicians and patients communicate. I welcome the introduction of innovative tools, such as OdySight, that can help achieve our goal of providing exemplary patient care and encourage patient adherence between appointments.
Joshua Mali, MD, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and award-winning vitreoretinal surgeon at The Eye Associates, a private multi-specialty ophthalmology practice in Sarasota, Florida. He is the Retina Medical Director of the Macular Degeneration Association (MDA). He is also the Founder & CEO of Mali Enterprises (www.malienterprises.org).