Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Eye care
- Other/not applicable
SummaryForus Health develops affordable technology solutions that can easily be used by a minimally trained technician, thereby making health service accessible and scalable. Forus is also the creator of 3nethra, an intelligent pre-screening ophthalmology device.
Forus believes that by "Democratizing Wellness,” they can play an active role in addressing healthcare issues in India and around the world. By developing affordable technology solutions that can be easily used by a minimally-trained technician, Forus aims to make health service accessible and scalable to countries which experience low doctor-to-patient ratios, illiteracy, lack of rural reach, and other issues that make healthcare delivery particularly complex.
Key program components
Forus Health develops affordable technology solutions such as 3nethra, an intelligent pre-screening Opthamology device. India has an estimated 15 million blind people, yet over 75% of those cases are avoidable. Only around 7-10% of people at various stages of blindness are screened treated by the mere 14,000 opthamologists practicing in India. This shortage of practitioners is further constrained by the current vision care system, which needs expensive diagnostic devices for screening, leaving the rural market grossly underserved.
3nethra is a single, portable, intelligent, non-invasive, non-mydriatic eye pre-screening device that can detect the five major ailments that constitute 90% of blindness: diabetic retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma, cornea problems, and refractive errors. It provides an automated "Normal" or "Need to See a Doctor" report, which is useful especially during early onset of an eye disease when patients do not experience symptoms. It connects primary care centres to secondary or tertiary thorough telemedicine for remote diagnosis. Finally, it is low-cost and hence greatly reduces the direct and indirect cost of screening, making it available to rural populations.
With this device, opthalmic doctors will spend their time only on patients with urgent cases. Hosptials will service their rural outreach market better. The government will save on blindness prevention, which costs billions of dollars to goverments around the world. And patients will be pre-screened at a low cost, saving time and money and providing quality eye care to the poor.