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Future of Ophthalmic Care: Forus Health

The Silicon Review
May, 2019


Technology Delivering Care

Preventable blindness affects millions of people around the world today. This scenario is further compounded by the poor ratio of ophthalmologists to patients in many countries across the world. Forus Health is a medical technology company with an audacious goal — to eradicate preventable blindness, which is a global healthcare challenge today.

The firm believes that innovation in technology and creative business models can help develop sustainable access to vision care. Creating social impact is in its DNA and every product it designs is a direct consequence of solving a problem. This is the very philosophy with which the founding team functions. The founding team is made up of curious minds passionate about creative problem-solving. They have set out to create a healthcare ecosystem in 2010 in Bangalore, India. In 2016, it opened 'Forus Health Inc', its US subsidiary, to take the vision care solutions to the world.

Forus Health is today poised to transform access to vision care by leveraging opportunities afforded by a rapidly growing digital landscape. The firm is providing integrated and intelligent technology modules such as Cloud-based telemedicine platforms to augment the efficiency of its medical systems. Now Forus is quickly being recognized as a pioneering digital healthcare solutions provider.

Today, it continues to accept new challenges as technology evolves and are backed by marquee investors such as Accel Partners, IDG Ventures, Asian Healthcare Fund, and Team Fund.

Products Offered by the Company

3nethra – Classic: Digital Non-mydriatic Fundus Camera

The 3nethra classic is a digital non-mydriatic fundus camera, equipped with an efficient workflow to capture high-resolution images of the human eye through a quick focus mechanism that reduces the examination time. The compact design enhances mobility and easy deployment. The ergonomic control panel allows it to be used by even a minimally trained person. 3nethra classic assists clinicians in the evaluation, diagnosis, and documentation of visual health.

3nethra – neo: Digital Wide-field Imaging System

The 3nethra neo is a compact, portable, and easy-to-use mydriatic wide-field digital imaging system used for the photo documentation of ocular diseases that manifest in human eyes. The ergonomically designed, lightweight handpiece allows for single-handed operation and captures 120-degree high-resolution images of the posterior and anterior segments of the eye. The device acquires only digital photographs of the eye and does not provide any analysis or diagnosis. The contact device is easily operated by qualified clinicians and can be deployed in a versatile clinical environment such as hospitals, operating rooms, and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU).

3nethra – flora: Digital Mydriatic Fundus Camera

3nethra flora is a digital mydriatic fundus camera designed to capture colour, red-free, and Fluoresce in Angiography (FA) retinal images of the human eye. The camera provides high-contrast, undistorted, and evenly illuminated images of the peripheral retina for an accurate diagnosis. The simplified design of the control panel allows the operator to switch easily between procedures while capturing images. The system improves the intensity control developed for optimal image capture.

Cloud-based Collaborative Digital Healthcare Platforms

Digital Healthcare Platforms are essential for creating a collaborative healthcare ecosystem to engage patients, empower healthcare teams, and exponentially scale last mile delivery of care. Having clinical data available in one platform will allow healthcare providers to increase access to care and improve patient outcomes while reducing the operational cost.

The possibility of sharing critical data at speed facilitates on-demand, real-time collaboration between patients and clinical experts, thereby increasing clinical efficiency and excellence. Also, Digital Healthcare Platforms create a unique opportunity for remote healthcare consumers to gain access to clinical expertise regardless of geographical location.

The Innovative Leader

K Chandrasekhar | Founder & CEO

He is the brain behind the development of a technology platform to increase access to eye care and prevent avoidable blindness. K Chandrasekhar established a unique strategy to introduce the revolutionary product '3nethra', which resulted in an unprecedented expansion of retinal imaging market in India. Prior to starting Forus Health, K Chandrasekhar was the Director of Strategy at NXP Semiconductors and served over 20+ years in major Multinational & Indian Tech companies. K Chandrasekhar is an alumnus of BITS, Pilani & IIM Kolkata.

“We develop and manufacture highly advanced medical devices, designed for the effective management of visual health. Our technology solutions are built for affordability and accessibility of both urban and rural patients.”


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