IBM and Bausch + Lomb announced a partnership Thursday to offer an app for iPhones and iPads to deliver patient and clinical information to help doctors to plan and carry out cataract surgery.

Using the app, surgeons will be able to view information on digital devices or display screens on walls in the operating room during surgery as well as receive guidance for selection of a single, digital platform at the point of care, the companies said in a statement

The app will electronically manage patient information across an iPhone or iPad while hosting health-related data on IBM Cloud and relay recommendations on Intraocular lens (IOL), a lens implanted in the eye used to treat cataracts, to surgeons to enhance surgical planning and improve patient outcomes.

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IBM’s MobileFirst for iOS team, part of the company’s Global Business Services, is designing and developing the app, with plans to optimize it to collect data over time. The project’s goal is to create a cognitive app that applies machine-based learning and predictive analytics to deliver real-time analysis and insights to surgeons.

Currently, many cataract surgeons consult patient data in the operating room via print-outs or notes created during pre-op patient office visits, which can often be bothersome and inefficient. The new app will be designed to provide surgeons access to information that patients have agreed to share, enabling doctors to plan their surgical interventions – including IOL selection – and have the option to view the information on digital devices or display screens on walls in the operating room during surgery.

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IBM unveils iPhone and iPad cognitive app with machine learning and predictive analytics features for surgeons