|By Marketwired .||
|August 8, 2014 10:21 AM EDT||
FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwired - August 08, 2014) - HelpMeSee -- a global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness -- and the Cornerstone Assistance Network -- a Fort Worth-based nonprofit providing direct services to individuals and families struggling with poverty in, and around, Tarrant County, Texas -- have teamed up to showcase a safe, low cost approach to curing cataract blindness through Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) and to run a side-by-side surgical procedure comparison with the latest proof-of-concept HelpMeSee MSICS Simulator.
During the live surgeries, a team of engineers from HelpMeSee simulation technology partners, Moog Industrial Group, a division of Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A) (NYSE: MOG.B) -- jointly selected to design and manufacture the simulator along with SenseGraphics and InSimo -- will be on hand with the latest version of the MSICS Simulator. The main purpose of this comparative analysis is focused on fine-tuning the simulation system to ensure maximum realism of the completed training MSICS simulator.
Conducted by HelpMeSee's Chief Medical Officer, and Texas ophthalmologist, Dr. Glenn Strauss, in collaboration with the Cornerstone Charitable Clinic, seven local area citizens suffering from curable blindness due to cataracts will receive the cataract surgical procedure through the Cornerstone Assistance Network.
"We are proud to have Dr. Strauss and the HelpMeSee team at the Cornerstone Facility to provide sight-restoring cataract surgery to our local residents in need," said Lorene McCoy, director of health services, Cornerstone Charitable Clinic. "Cornerstone has a long history of helping those in need and we are proud to learn of HelpMeSee's global efforts to address cataract blindness."
HelpMeSee's organizational approach underlines the acknowledgement that MSICS is the best available technique to successfully address the nearly 22 million people suffering from cataract blindness globally.
"This is a historical step in the MSICS simulator development," said Dr. Glenn Strauss, chief medical officer, HelpMeSee. " By viewing live MSICS procedures, our engineering partners are able to accurately compare the performance of this leading edge simulator to the actual surgery. Realism not achieved in medical simulation previously."
Dr. Strauss added that the HelpMeSee MSICS Simulator -- once completed, tested and validated by leading US and European University Ophthalmology programs -- will be used to safely and efficiently train thousands of specialists in developing nations to perform MSICS for their own people.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, MSICS has been shown to give results comparable to the popular phacoemulsification procedure in terms of safety and quality of visual outcome. Although it's a relatively underutilized technique, MSICS is gaining popularity in many countries by virtue of its ability to manage both common, and difficult, cataracts very safely and with strong outcomes.
"A distinct advantage of MSICS over Phacoemulsification is that it can be used more safely to remove advanced cataracts in the developing world," said Dr. Strauss. "Patients with no access to care gradually develop cataracts that are much more advanced than those who can have an operation before the cataracts advances to blindness. This procedure is a perfect solution because the cost to provide it is much lower, while producing the same quality expected in modern cataract surgery."
Dr. Strauss explains that although phacoemulsification cataract surgery is considered the gold standard for cataract removal, it requires expensive machinery and an uninterrupted power source -- both are challenges in the developing world where virtually all suffering from cataract blindness reside. Furthermore, the overall cost and maintenance of machinery and supplies for this procedure makes it cost-prohibitive for regions with inadequate infrastructure.
Throughout the world, untreated cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, making up 51% of all cases. Approximately 22 million people are bilaterally blind due to cataracts, and an estimated 167 million suffer from cataract visual impairment. The unfortunate truth is that the vast majority of people afflicted by the debilitating condition live in developing countries, where their livelihoods and their families' wellbeing depends greatly on their eyesight. These populations lack access to high-quality medical services -- preventing them from receiving the surgeries that could restore their vision.
HelpMeSee (www.HelpMeSee.org) is a global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness endemic in developing countries. The HelpMeSee mission is make the sight-restoring surgery available to millions of poor through financial support and the training of thousands of highly skilled specialist cataract surgeons recruited from within their communities. HelpMeSee has designed and is now producing a virtual reality surgical simulator and training program to be implemented worldwide, adapted from extensive experience in simulator based aviation training.
About Cornerstone Assistance Network
Since its inception in 1992, Cornerstone (www.canetwork.org) has been committed to helping churches, organizations, and volunteers become involved in the lives of the people in their community. The Cornerstone Assistance Network Cataract Clinic is the nation's first charitable cataract facility providing treatment for the uninsured and economically disadvantaged. The Cataract Clinic is operated by Cornerstone Charitable Clinic, a Division of Cornerstone Assistance Network and gives hope and provides solutions for patients with loss of vision and no ability to pay for sight-restoring procedures.
The following files are available for download:
Director of Communications
The Internet of Things is in the early stages of mainstream deployment but it promises to unlock value and rapidly transform how organizations manage, operationalize, and monetize their assets. IoT is a complex structure of hardware, sensors, applications, analytics and devices that need to be able to communicate geographically and across all functions. Once the data is collected from numerous endpoints, the challenge then becomes converting it into actionable insight.
Sep. 4, 2015 12:30 PM EDT Reads: 117
SYS-CON Events announced today that Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of tech...
Sep. 4, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 295
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts...
Sep. 4, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 110
SYS-CON Events announced today that IceWarp will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IceWarp, the leader of cloud and on-premise messaging, delivers secured email, chat, documents, conferencing and collaboration to today's mobile workforce, all in one unified interface
Sep. 4, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 499
As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of ...
Sep. 4, 2015 11:45 AM EDT Reads: 398
U.S. companies are desperately trying to recruit and hire skilled software engineers and developers, but there is simply not enough quality talent to go around. Tiempo Development is a nearshore software development company. Our headquarters are in AZ, but we are a pioneer and leader in outsourcing to Mexico, based on our three software development centers there. We have a proven process and we are experts at providing our customers with powerful solutions. We transform ideas into reality.
Sep. 4, 2015 11:45 AM EDT Reads: 584
17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises ar...
Sep. 4, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,615
Everyone talks about continuous integration and continuous delivery but those are just two ends of the pipeline. In the middle of DevOps is continuous testing (CT), and many organizations are struggling to implement continuous testing effectively. After all, without continuous testing there is no delivery. And Lab-As-A-Service (LaaS) enhances the CT with dynamic on-demand self-serve test topologies. CT together with LAAS make a powerful combination that perfectly serves complex software developm...
Sep. 4, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 250
In 2014, the market witnessed a massive migration to the cloud as enterprises finally overcame their fears of the cloud’s viability, security, etc. Over the past 18 months, AWS, Google and Microsoft have waged an ongoing battle through a wave of price cuts and new features. For IT executives, sorting through all the noise to make the best cloud investment decisions has become daunting. Enterprises can and are moving away from a "one size fits all" cloud approach. The new competitive field has ...
Sep. 4, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 191
SYS-CON Events announced today the Containers & Microservices Bootcamp, being held November 3-4, 2015, in conjunction with 17th Cloud Expo, @ThingsExpo, and @DevOpsSummit at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This is your chance to get started with the latest technology in the industry. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Containers and Microservices Bootcamp, led by Janakiram MSV, a Microsoft Regional Director, will include presentations as well as hands-on...
Sep. 4, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 427
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "Second Containers & Microservices Expo" will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
Sep. 4, 2015 10:45 AM EDT Reads: 662
Moving an existing on-premise infrastructure into the cloud can be a complex and daunting proposition. It is critical to understand the benefits as well as the challenges associated with either a full or hybrid approach. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Richard Weiss, Principal Consultant at Pythian, will present a roadmap that can be leveraged by any organization to plan, analyze, evaluate and execute on a cloud migration solution. He will review the five major cloud transformation phases a...
Sep. 4, 2015 10:15 AM EDT Reads: 128
eCube Systems has released NXTmonitor, a full featured application orchestration solution. NXTmonitor, which inherited the code base of NXTminder, has been extended to support multi-discipline processes and will act as a DevOps utility in a heterogeneous enterprise environment. Previously, NXTminder was packaged with NXTera middleware to configure and manage Entera and NXTera RPC servers. “Since we are widening the focus of this solution to DevOps, we felt the need to change the name to NXTmon...
Sep. 4, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 146
Mobile, social, Big Data, and cloud have fundamentally changed the way we live. “Anytime, anywhere” access to data and information is no longer a luxury; it’s a requirement, in both our personal and professional lives. For IT organizations, this means pressure has never been greater to deliver meaningful services to the business and customers.
Sep. 4, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 870
WebRTC services have already permeated corporate communications in the form of videoconferencing solutions. However, WebRTC has the potential of going beyond and catalyzing a new class of services providing more than calls with capabilities such as mass-scale real-time media broadcasting, enriched and augmented video, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Luis Lopez, CEO of Kurento, will introduce the technologies required for implementing thes...
Sep. 4, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 136