Our Technology

The HelpMeSee Difference

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We Train Highly Skilled Specialists

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We Find Patients in Need of Care

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We Support High-Quality Surgeries

We build sustainable solutions to this global health challenge so that once we complete our own work, our partners continue on their own. This goal requires training cataract specialists committed to long-term service who can deliver high-quality care. It also requires vast mobilization efforts to identify patients and connect them to care. Lastly, that care must be certified and accessible in even the most remote regions.

Our solution is three-fold:


Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) is a safe, effective, and affordable procedure to cure cataract blindness. It takes just a few minutes to perform and costs as little as $50.  

The centerpiece of HelpMeSee’s strategy is a training program that focuses on training local surgeons who can provide sustainable care in developing countries.

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Our approach includes a simulation-based training program that will allow rapid scaling-up of high-quality training in cataract surgery. Inspired by our founders’ success in simulation-based training for pilots, we are in the latter stages of development of the HelpMeSee Eye Surgery Simulator as part of an integrated learning system designed to support the training of tens of thousands of cataract surgeons.


The benefits of simulation-based training include:

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  • The ability for a surgeon to achieve a higher level of proficiency before completing the training in live surgery.

  • Trainees are able to learn from their mistakes.

  • Reduced risk to live patients.

  • Individual tasks can be accomplished as many times as necessary until the desired level of proficiency is achieved.
  • Objective performance review of each simulated surgery.

 

 

For the trainee and the instructor, simulation technology provides a realistic surgical experience. The HelpMeSee Simulation Training Program is intended to replace the traditional MSICS training which was primarily dependent on accomplishing the training in live surgery.

Simulation-based training will prove to be a more effective methodology to train the large numbers of qualified surgeons needed to significantly reduce the number of blind people due to cataracts.


 

Patient Outreach

No matter how many surgeons we train, we must ensure patients reach the care they need. That’s why we partner with experienced community health workers on the ground and built the HelpMeSee Reach app so they can do their jobs even better.

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Here is how the Reach app is used:HowReachAppWorks

  1. A community mobilizer uses the GIS App to identify patients and capture GPS location, patient photograph, and voice recording.
  2. After a partner surgeon receives the patient data, they conduct a pre-surgery vision test.
  3. The partner surgeon scans a surgical kit and uses it to complete an MSICS procedure.
  4. Staff at the partner hospital conduct a post-op vision test within 24 hours.
  5. A community mobilizer follows up with a patient 4 weeks after surgery to complete a final vision test.

“It used to take us from 1 to 2 days. Now with the mobile app, the whole process is completed in 10 – 15 minutes and then we just need to click send.”
Merra Devi, Community Mobilizer



Delivering high-quality healthcare in the developing world presents a unique set of challenges. Several of the most common are sterilization and accountability. Infection rates in developing countries are twice as high as those in high-income countries (WHO), and it is estimated that 25% of the medicines used in these environments are counterfeit or substandard (WHO).

To address these challenges, HelpMeSee developed two solutions: a pre-sterilized, single-use surgical kit that contains all necessary instruments, pharmaceuticals, and disposables for a single MSICS procedure, and a cloud-based surgical reporting system to monitor the outcomes of patient care.

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Key Benefits of the Surgical Kits:

  • Allow delivery of care in remote areas

  • Sterilized instruments for every surgery

  • High-quality pharmaceutical products

  • High-quality surgical supplies

  • Standardize cost of instruments

  • Simplify supply chain

  • Provide all necessary tools for MSICS

  • Link instrument set with patient data


Cloud-Based Surgical Reporting

All surgeries are documented in our cloud-based surgical reporting system in real-time. Whether patients receive care in India or Madagascar, Togo or Peru, our medical team can monitor the visual outcomes of each surgery and ensure that all patients receive necessary follow up care. It also helps us ensure corrective measures if required at partner hospitals. We can also ensure surgeon re-training if required. Along with the surgical kit, this system allows us to maintain the highest-quality assurance standards.