Kellogg first in U.S. to host World Association of Eye Hospitals meeting

June 7, 2018  //  FOUND IN: News

The Kellogg Eye Center is hosting the annual meeting of the World Association of Eye Hospitals.

The World Association of Eye Hospitals is hosting its first meeting in the U.S. this week at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, one of 45 member eye hospitals worldwide committed to collaboration in eye care.

During the 12th annual meeting, which runs from now through June 9, top-level administrators and faculty from major eye hospitals will explore how virtual reality and big data are transforming eye care delivery.

“The issues we face in health care are phenomenally complex and through the World Association of Eye Hospitals we can exchange ideas and experiences that can lead to breakthrough solutions,” said David Probert, chair of the WAEH and chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.

At least 10 million people in the U.S. are blind or visually impaired. Globally, 160 million individuals have eye diseases.

Through six themes, this year’s meeting will explore ways eye hospitals can capture their full potential to protect people’s sight:

  • Inspiring hospital design
  • Staff roles in eye hospitals: Who does what to organize eye hospitals in an efficient and effective way
  • Innovations in eye care from artificial intelligence to robotics
  • Philanthropy and fundraising
  • How to improve hospital safety and quality
  • New business models in eye care

Among the keynote speakers is former U.S. astronaut Jim Bagian, M.D., a patient safety expert who leads the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety at U-M.

Keynote addresses will also be delivered by MCity Deputy Director Carrie Morton, who is transforming mobility through the development of automated vehicles; Raymond J. Hutchinson, M.D., associate dean for regulatory affairs at the U-M Medical School, and Paul R. Lichter, M.D., former director of the Kellogg Eye Center, an inspired philanthropist who views fundraising as a means for helping institutions excel.

Meaningful measures in eye care

The WAEH draws on collaborative research for new approaches in vision care. A report to be delivered at this year’s meeting marks the first collaboration of its kind in outcomes reporting.

Researchers explored eight leading care outcomes publicly available in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Singapore and India. The results describe a widely variable landscape when it comes to how each measures and reports outcomes for common eye conditions such as cataract surgery and macular degeneration.

The finding has implications for patients seeking transparency in care and researchers looking to collaborate beyond their institution.

Jennifer Weizer, M.D., will present the findings during the meeting, a project that included expertise provided by Kellogg colleague Joshua Stein, M.D., an early pioneer in big data analysis in the field of ophthalmology and Paul E. Lee, M.D., director of Kellogg Eye Center.

To learn more about this year’s program and poster session, click here.