Eye Donation Fortnight
The Ramayamma International Eye Bank at LVPEI, Hyderabad co-organized and participated in the 26th National Eye Donation Fortnight programs, coordinated by the Eye Bank Association of India
and the National Programme for Control of Blindness. The events included:
A public gathering of over a 1000 people was organized to show support for the cause of eye donation.
Awareness drives for the Hospital Cornea Retrieval Program were held in the smaller hospitals of the city.
250 employees of Godavari Pipe Company Ltd., Cherlapalli attended an awareness talk.
300 students of CVSR Engineering College participated in an awareness program; 100 pledged to donate their eyes.
Scrolling messages about eye donation were shown in cinema halls and on television news channels.
Eye donation awareness/ pledge stalls were set up in the larger hospitals.
The 4th edition of the popular Eye-PEP (Postgraduate Education Program) was held at LVPEI, Hyderabad from September 4-11, 2011. It was attended by 215 postgraduate students from all over the country. Two full days were set aside for the hands-on courses. The sessions ranged from basic eye examination techniques to subspecialty talks, with focus both on ophthalmology and career orientation. The participants enjoyed stellar presentations from both guest speakers and the LVPEI faculty. The competitions included postgraduate lectures, OSCE and postgraduate grand rounds, with exciting prizes. Eye-PEP was webcast on the Internet and was watched by more than 500 online viewers.
The Eye-PEP Icon this year was Dr S S Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya, who encouraged the students to dream big and work hard towards achieving their goals. He was presented the Golden Apple by Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Chair, LVPEI. The coveted Polished Apple for the most loved teacher was won by Dr Santosh Honavar. This year also had the first edition of iPeppy, a cultural evening which encouraged the residents to showcase their talents on stage.
A hands-on session in progress
Public Awareness by 'drushti daan', Bhubaneswar
'drushti daan eye bank' at LVPEI Bhubaneswar conducted several awareness activities during the 26th National Eye Donation Fortnight to increase public awareness (August 25 – September 8). On August 27, a symposium on "Eye banking – the way forward" was organized in which corneal
surgeons, doctors, grief counselors,and volunteers from various organizations participated. Smt Anu Garg, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Govt of Odisha was the chief guest. Dr Pramod Meherda, Mission Director, NRHM, Odisha and Dr Radharani Nanda, Joint Director, Ophthalmology were the guests of honor. Other activities included an elocution competition on eye banking, eye donation and blindness at Rama Devi Women's College and inter-school painting competitions in which 144 children expressed their thoughts through their wonderfully creative paintings (in picture).
eyeSmart EMR Office and Training Center
The eyeSmart EMR Office and Training Center was inaugurated by Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Chair, LVPEI on September 24, 2011 at its City Centre in Madhapur, Hyderabad. eyeSmart is a revolutionary Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Hospital Management System developed by the Institute to digitize all patient-care related services — from clinical examination to surgical services all networked on one common platform. In 14 months, eyeSmart has clocked in 42,312 new patients and checked in 56,734 appointments. It is currently operational in 7 tertiary, secondary and urban centers. eyeSmart eliminates paper records and helps
Ms Annapurna Devi, Chief Technology Officer, cuts the ribbon
the clinician to retrieve records at a click. Patients too receive a summary of their examination at a click. The Training Center has 10 systems to train the LVPEI staff on eyeSmart and a full fledged demo clinical examination room to simulate interactions with a patient on EMR. The center also serves as a trouble-shooting point for feedback and an office for the EMR Support and Installation Team (ESIT). eyeSmart is an EDGE 2011 (a national IT award winning application) awardee, and is being implemented across the entire LVPEI network in a phased manner over 15 months.
Graduation Ceremony of Optometry Fellows
The graduation ceremony of the optometry fellows was held on August 31, 2011. Twenty-five fellows, who had completed the 13 month tenure received their certificates from
Dr G Chandra Sekhar, Director, LVPEI, Hyderabad, and
Dr Prashant Garg, Director, Education. Eight fellows from the graduating batch will join the LVPEI network.
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