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35 Innovators Under 35

Anthony Vipin Das, 28

Digitizing medical records

LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad

Anthony Vipin Das

At LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), one of the India's largest eye hospitals that has treated over 13 million patients till date, getting information about a particular patient instantly is paramount. Written records at a single center are not only difficult for the doctor to access, but also cumbersome for the patient to carry for each visit.

This is where eyeSmart, a Web-based application for retrieval of patient records comes in. Designed by Anthony Vipin Das, the paperless system spans the entire LVPEI pyramid and allows a doctor to access the medical records of a patient from any of its clinics. EyeSmart is a distributed database linked to a central database which makes the data at all urban and rural centers available in real time.

Das has designed the Web-based model based on the PHP platform, which provides detailed summary of the patient's examination each time he visits a clinic. Apart from the advantages of convenience to both the doctor and the patient, this model has cut costs on printing as well as has reduced the number of man hours required for maintaining written records. The eyeSmart also allows for online booking of appointments and personalized SMS alerts.

Today the application is being used in eight of LVPEI's centers and is accessible on platforms such as iPads and tablets. Das is hopeful of integrating eyeSmart with all the 102 LVPEI centers to enable seamless connectivity.

The writer is Manasi Vaidya, Correspondent of BioSpectrum, a CyberMedia publication.

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