GlaucoCard Project Print
Another reference project that the ifa group successfully participated in in the 1990s is the GlaucoCard project. GlaucoCard was a project supported by the European Glaucoma Society (EGS) for the co-management of glaucoma specialists for improving the quality of care based on digital patient data.

Since the development of the EGS guidelines, glaucoma care has been increasingly standardized for diagnostic as well as for therapeutic measures in the different European countries. The project's main goal was to help improve standard care and documentation according to the EGS guidelines by providing an electronic platform that can be used by different ophthalmologists and can inform the patient himself about the status and therapy of his/her disease.

GlaucoCard Project

The advantage of the GlaucoCard project is the pragmatic and patient-oriented approach. As the technology is nowadays rather inexpensive (web applications, USB key) and easy to use, IT based projects are very well accepted by ophthalmologists and their teams. The introduction of digital patient cards in the various European countries is also a promotion for computer based ophthalmology.

Advantages of a GlaucoCard

For the patient
  • Standardized report of glaucoma status and follow up examinations
  • Easy data transfer when consulting other ophthalmologists
  • Generating long term reports of the disease history
For the ophthalmologist
  • Easy data import from USB stick or web portal
  • Better visualization of long term data
  • Easy generation of a standardized patient record in any kind of media
  • Extra fee for providing individual health care
For the EGS
  • Implementation of the EGS guidelines in the general ophthalmic practice
  • Platform to increase awareness to other EGS activities
For the sponsor
  • Logo of each sponsor present on paper/USB key/online web report
  • Sponsor makes apparent that he is active in glaucoma patient care independent of own product promotion
  • Link to sponsor on GlaucoCard homepage
Economical aspects
  • Saving up parallel examinations in long term follow up
  • Improving patient care by better visualization of long term follow-up examinations
Co-management
  • Easy data exchange between first, second and third level health care provider