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Nidek and Orbis International Join Forces to Boost AI Eye Screenings in Vietnam

Nidek and Orbis International Join Forces to Boost AI Eye Screenings in Vietnam

January 17, 2024

Nidek has pledged support to Orbis International through a donation aimed at enhancing artificial intelligence (AI) screening services in Vietnam. The donation comprises six specialized fundus cameras, designed to capture retina images, thereby aiding the expansion of Orbis’s AI-driven diabetic retinopathy screening initiative in the country.

The cameras are anticipated to facilitate the screening of 72,000 diabetes patients over the next three years.

The inclusion of Nidek cameras in Orbis’s program extends its reach to six high-volume screening facilities in Nam Dinh, Nghe An, and Can Tho, Vietnam. Notable locations include Giao Thuy District Health Center, Nam Dinh General Hospital, Nghe An Endocrinology Hospital, Tay Bac Regional Hospital, Can Tho General Hospital, and Can Tho Heart Hospital. This strategic expansion enhances the capability to detect and promptly address diabetic retinopathy, a potentially sight-threatening condition faced by individuals with diabetes.

The advanced desktop fundus cameras from Nidek will capture images uploaded to Cybersight AI, Orbis’s cutting-edge technology. With rapid AI grading, patients can receive immediate referrals for treatment, eliminating the wait time associated with human grading of images that may take days or even weeks.

Ngoc Pham, Country Director of Orbis Vietnam, highlighted the growing prevalence of diabetes in Vietnam and the challenges in meeting the demand for eye screenings. “Cybersight AI and high-quality cameras will help ease the burden on medical facilities already at capacity by detecting diabetic retinopathy,” Pham emphasized.

Motoki Ozawa, President and CEO of Nidek, expressed confidence in the partnership with Orbis and the technological collaboration with Cybersight AI, envisioning a positive impact on diabetic retinopathy screening in Vietnam. Ozawa stated, “Our purpose is to provide the joy of vision and health care through our technology and deliver unwavering commitment to people all over the world. We are committed to delivering the joy of vision to people in Vietnam by supporting early detection and immediate referrals.”