The Novartis eye care division Alcon is set to develop a new digital health platform called SMART Suite focused on improving end-to-end care for cataract patients.

The new open ecosystem will be built on the Philips HealthSuite platform featuring medical Cloud capabilities.

Intended to simplify cataract surgery, SMART Suite by Alcon will be designed to connect various diagnostic and surgical devices via a Cloud-enabled infrastructure.

The Alcon digital health platform can be integrated with Alcon’s existing cataract diagnostic equipment, electronic medical record (EMR) systems and technologies in the Cataract Refractive Suite.

“Intended to simplify cataract surgery, SMART Suite by Alcon will be designed to connect various diagnostic and surgical devices via a Cloud-enabled infrastructure.”

It is expected that this will enable easy access to the vital diagnostic data of patients throughout the cataract procedure, which should make the clinical process simple and consistent.

Eye care professionals will also be able to leverage this Cloud-based data for analysing and optimising surgical procedures, as well as to improve patient outcomes.

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Alcon Global Business & Innovation president Michael Onuscheck said: “The SMART Suite by Alcon will be an important addition to our market-leading cataract refractive equipment portfolio and it builds on our existing Cloud-based technologies like the ORA System.

“Our collaboration with Philips reflects our ongoing commitment to deliver market-leading innovations that improve the surgical process and deliver optimal outcomes for patients.”

Novartis noted that Philips HealthSuite platform’s identity and access management capabilities will allow protection of the health data privacy, along with patient and clinician access to the data.

Philips HealthSuite digital platform business leader Dale Wiggins said: “The ability of Philips’ HealthSuite digital platform to securely unify and connect devices and data while providing advanced analytics capabilities is a powerful tool for the next generation of personalised eye care solutions.”