MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern College of Optometry opened FocalPoint, the first facility of its kind in the United States to offer completely paperless telemedicine via EyecareLiveTM. FocalPoint’s 8,000-square-foot clinic has four doctors and offers several technological advances for eye health and exclusive new eyewear lines. The clinic also provides additional clinical instruction space for the college’s students.
“FocalPoint brings to life the vision for a hybrid clinic delivering ‘Care Anywhere,’” said Dr. Moshe Mendelson, co-founder and chief medical officer of EyecareLive. “The paperless facility allows patients to digitally check in, manage their records and follow up with doctors on the telemedicine platform.”
In addition to transforming patient access, FocalPoint is among just 12 locations in the U.S. to offer customizable eyewear through HOYA’s Yuniku system. Using 3-D scanning, parametric design automation and 3-D printing, the platform creates eyewear to uniquely fit individual facial characteristics.
FocalPoint also shares space with Church Health Eye Care. The walls-down facility integrates care to serve patients across varying demographics and socioeconomic profiles.
“Having several health care disciplines under one roof allows Southern College of Optometry to better integrate patient care and education,” said Dr. James Venable, vice president of clinical programs at SCO. “The concept of interprofessional health care education is spreading, and SCO is at the forefront of this movement.”
Providing integrated care in a first-of-its-kind telehealth platform makes patients active participants in their care with higher levels of personal attention. It also raises SCO’s profile among peers, as its students now have unparalleled access to technologies expected to revolutionize private optometric practice.
“FocalPoint is part of SCO’s commitment to quality health services and high-end products,” said Dr. Lewis Reich, president of SCO. “Offering the latest technologies improves patient experiences and better prepares our graduates to thrive.”
About Southern College of Optometry
Southern College of Optometry was established in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1932. The independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education has more than 500 students and residents from 40 states. The Eye Center at SCO serves nearly 60,000 patients annually, making it one of the nation’s top for clinical optometric education. SCO’s Community Outreach Program provides vision screenings to more than 12,000 children annually in Shelby County’s public, private and charter schools. For more information on SCO, please visit http://sco.edu.