SADA and Children’s Hospital Receive Innovation Awards

Dr. Thomas Lee

SADA Systems has been named a recipient of Microsoft’s 2017 Health Innovation Awards for a pioneering telemedicine project implemented with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group. The initiative, led by Dr. Thomas Lee, director of the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, delivers remote training for eye surgeons in Armenia in partnership with the Armenian EyeCare Project. The goal is to help reduce rates of infant blindness, which occurs three times as often in Armenia as in the United States and other Western countries.
The awards, announced at the  Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., recognize health organizations and their technology solution partners for using Microsoft devices and services in innovative ways that help engage patients, empower care teams, optimize clinical and operational effectiveness and transform the care continuum.
SADA Systems guided the selection and deployment of Microsoft’s cloud collaboration and communication platform, Skype for Business Online, to help bridge the 7,000-mile gap between Los Angeles and Armenia. Using Skype and Polycom videoconferencing endpoints, Lee can view the actual surgery in real time and communicate face to face with the surgical team. With AECP, Lee thus far has remotely trained two surgeons and observed four surgeries in Armenia live from his office in California. The retina scan images and related diagnoses hosted by OneDrive for Business make it possible for doctors to collaborate and reference past surgeries as needed.
“Working with SADA Systems and Microsoft gives me the opportunity to help surgical teams in Armenia without traveling and taking time away from my clinical duties here at home,” said Lee, who also is an associate professor of ophthalmology at the USC Roski Eye Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
“We see the ability to scale this technology from our current capacity in Los Angeles to remote cities in the U.S., as well as other third world countries such as Armenia and neighboring rural regions. I am thrilled that I can provide my expertise to an important cause that is delivering real impact to children’s lives.”
“Microsoft’s cloud-based Skype for Business platform is providing a foundation in which health organization can actually crowd-source surgical training, making world-renowned experts such as Dr. Lee accessible to healthcare providers around the world,” said Tony Safoian, president and CEO of SADA Systems.
“It’s wonderful to be recognized for a project that is working toward eliminating preventable blindness for children in areas where resources are scarce.”
“The health industry is undergoing a seismic shift in which intelligent technologies are helping organizations, communities and individuals improve care by helping them better understand and share information,” said Laura Wallace, vice president, Health & Life Sciences, Microsoft. “This year’s Microsoft Health Innovation Award recipients are advancing the goals of improved patient engagement and care coordination through their pioneering use of Microsoft devices, platforms and cloud services.”
Recipients are highlighted on the Microsoft website at microsoft.com/healthinnovationawards and on the Microsoft in Health blog.

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