Phelcom Eyer is one winner of the renowned World Summit Awards (WSA) 2020, in the category Health & Well-Being. The global award recognizes the digital innovation that contributes to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGS). On the whole, this edition included 40 solutions from 26 countries.
“We are honored to receive such an importante prize. Such recognition shows that our values and efforts to change the reality of visual health worldwide are aligned to the goals of other people and institutions, such as the UN and the WSA”, states Phelcom CEO, José Augusto Stuchi.
Modern technologies – combined with a social cause and intelligent content – not only solve problems but also increase the quality, the access to information and inclusion. “The challenges this year show, more than ever, how digital means can offer progress and solutions. WSA 2020 winners presented a wonderful showcase of purpose-driven innovation and entrepreneurship”, point out the WSA president, Peter A. Bruck.
Stuchi explains that the goal of developing Eyer is to change the reality of eye healthcare worldwide. Currently, 80% of blindness cases could be avoided, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We may cause a great impact with our solution, because we have a great social appeal to this global reality”. Receiving an award from a renowned institution of the size of WSA, linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, makes us very happy, because it shows we are aligned to the institutions we have as mirrors. In addition, it confirms the importance and impact that our solution may cause in the world”, he remarks.
To take part in the award, Phelcom subscribed Eyer in the Brazilian stage, in the Health & Well-Being category. There are eight categories, each with a single winner. In August, the startup won the local selection and qualified to the world phase, where there are five winners per category. “Competitors are evaluated by an international jury in terms of sustainability, goal, technological and strategic refinement”, says Bruck.
Phelcom will be honored in WSA Global Congress, that occurs from March 22 to 24, 2021, completely online.
Phelcom Eyer is the first smartdevice on the market that enables to quickly carry out fundus exams with cloud storage.
The equipment works coupled to a smartphone and is non-mydriatic. It has the same quality of a tabletop retinograph. Equipment portability allows it to be easily transported to community task forces in different locations.
Integrated to the cloud, it makes data automatically available on the EyerCloud online platform. So, a doctor located anywhere in the world can diagnose.
Eyer aims to help combat visual impairment and global blindness, which affect 2,2 billion people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). From this total, 1 billion cases would be avoidable or remediable. That is, they occurred due to lack of access to the necessary care, such as examinations and treatments.
WSA was founded in 2003 by Austria as part of the UN World Summit on Information Society. The global initiative recognizes that local digital content contributes to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG).
WSA reaches digital entrepreneurs in 182 countries countries around the world and provides a single platform for everyone interested in goal-driven digital innovation. In close cooperation to the United Nation agencies and strategically aligned to the UN SDGs, WSA is a worldwide recognized quality seal for digital innovation.