At Optometry’s Meeting® 2018, teams to “hack” their way to intelligent solutions for diabetes retinopathy.

An opportunity for doctors of optometry to improve future diabetes care

For the second consecutive year, Optometry's Meeting® will host an inter-professional hackathon, which is part brainstorming, networking, collaboration and competition, as teams "hack" their way to digital solutions to real-world challenges-while on the clock.

"Participants will learn how artificial intelligence can augment and supplement the optometric care of the diabetic patient and how optometrists can work inter-professionally with other health care providers.”

This year's hackathon, set for Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Optometry's Meeting in Denver, Colorado, will take a crack at "Artificial Intelligence & the Care of the Diabetic Patient." Last year's hackathon focused on the design of applications to educate patients and parents on the importance of vision and hearing in how children learn.

This year's event will examine how diabetic patients are currently cared for by doctors of optometry, ophthalmologists, primary care physicians, nurses, podiatrists and dentists. Then teams will be tasked with creating prototypes using artificial intelligence to improve patient outcomes for diabetic retinopathy. 

"If you are interested in helping design the future care of diabetic patients, you don't want to miss this event," says Thomas Wong, O.D., director of new technologies at The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry and hackathon director/facilitator. "Participants will learn how artificial intelligence can augment and supplement the optometric care of the diabetic patient and how optometrists can work inter-professionally with other health care providers.

"Artificial intelligence is now becoming a part of our everyday lives, from travel to information technology to eye care," he adds.

Teams consist of students, faculty, practicing optometrists, researchers and others. The goal is to create a presentation to be given to the National Eye Institute to fund an artificial intelligence product that will better diagnose and manage patients with diabetic retinopathy. If interested in participating, contact Dr. Wong at tawong@sunyopt.edu. Attendance is limited, and advance registration is required.

Previous hackathons-on the "Future of Eye Care" and "The Future of Optometric Education-were held at the SUNY College of Optometry.

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