Health—General & Rehabilitative

Help Me See Inc

aka HelpMeSee

New York, NY

Mission

HelpMeSee is a non-profit organization committed to ending the global health crisis of untreated cataracts, the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. By developing the world's first high-fidelity Eye Surgical Simulator to provide training for the critical shortage of skilled cataract specialists, HelpMeSee is and bringing affordable and high-quality care to the neediest populations in developing countries. HelpMeSee's comprehensive solution to cataract blindness includes surgical training, patient outreach, and support for sight-restoring cataract surgery that standardize the quality of care, medical supply chain, and evaluation practices to ensure safe surgeries.

Ruling Year

2011

President & CEO

Mr. Jacob Mohan Thazhathu

Main Address

HelpMeSee 20 West 36th Street, Floor 4

New York, NY 10018 USA

Keywords

Training, Simulation, Surgery, MSICS, Blindness, Cataracts

EIN

27-3207754

 Number

0335806024

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

HelpMeSee is developing a simulation-based training system for manual small incision cataract surgery (MSICS), to vastly increase knowledge and surgical skill in this high-quality, low-cost procedure. Simulation-based training in MSICS will improve value, assure the quality surgical outcome, promote patient safety and ensure access to cost-effective treatment of cataract worldwide; thus eliminating cataract blindness. The high fidelity continuous simulation is designed with realistic haptic feedback from speculum in, to speculum out, and comprehensive courseware to address every aspect of MSICS. HelpMeSee has completed the curriculum, training resources and systems, including an eBook for a structured, comprehensive, simulation-based and instructor delivered training. The simulation-based training accelerates surgical skills acquisition by trainees in significant numbers to address the acute shortage of cataract surgeons in the developing countries.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cataract Free Communities

Accessible and Affordable High Quality Cataract Surgical Care Delivery

Community Mobilization

Training Management System

Training Centers

Virtual Reality Cataract Surgical Training Simulator

Where we work

Our Results

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Total number of surgeon trainee partners

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Accessible and Affordable High Quality Cataract Surgical Care Delivery

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our surgeon partners work every day to deliver high-quality MSICS procedures to patients suffering from cataract blindness. With a brief procedure, they restore sight to tens of thousands each year.

Number of sight-restoring procedures supported since 2012

This metric is no longer tracked.
TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with vision impairments

Related program

Cataract Free Communities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This figure is the total number of sight-restoring MSICS procedures we have supported since we began our hospital partnerships in 2012.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

HelpMeSee is a campaign to eliminate cataract blindness worldwide, by delivering safe, effective and low cost surgeries to adults and children in communities living in the most austere economic and social conditions:

- This will be achieved through delivery of million manual small incision cataract surgeries

- Training of 30,000 cataract surgical specialists using advanced simulation based technologies adapted from experience in aviation.

- Establishing at least one surgical facility for every 250,000 population capable of delivering 2,500 surgeries a year.

- Global campaign to raise the financial resources to eliminate cataract blindness with significant partnership and contributions by country governments, private and public fundraising and major funding commitment by participants in the 'giving pledge'.

HelpMeSee strategy is composed of the following:

1. Design and development of a surgical training simulator using physics based model of the human eye with virtually indistinguishable properties. The simulator will enable repeated surgical practice to train to proficiency and every possible complication and combinations.

2. Establishment of 4 - 6 regional learning centers capable of training 1,000 trainees at any given time and support recurrent training for 7,000 to 8,000 qualified surgeons.

3. Implementation of a standardized patient safety: surgical quality assurance; patient outcome; and partner performance reporting system using cloud based network and communications systems.

4. Standardized use of pre-sterilized, single use, surgical kits to ensure quality and eliminate surgical infection.

5. Community level surveillance, awareness and mobilization using geographic information systems and voice based data gathering systems to evidence based practice of cataract blindness elimination.

6. Payment for surgical services and incentives to specialist cataract surgeons participating in the HelpMeSee campaign.

HelpMeSee is a world-class team drawn from fields of surgical medicine, simulation, learning, information technology, marketing and international health and development.

HelpMeSee has a globally distributed net-work of corporate and institutional partners who provide the most specialized technical components.

The key indicators of the success of the HelpMeSee campaign are: 1. The number of best-trained cataract specialist surgeons graduating through HelpMeSee learning centers. 2. Communities and geographic regions where cataract blindness is eliminated. 3. The number of persons with restored sight who have received successful cataract surgery worldwide. 4. The number of clinics successfully delivering high-quality surgery from 1,000 to 2,500 annually.

1. As of January 2017 - over 253,000 sight saving surgeries successfully completed.

2. Over 290 cataract specialist surgical partners enrolled with HelpMeSee.

3. Cataract surgical simulator prototype successfully tested, courseware design completed, version 1 production in progress.

4. Training centers in initial stages.

5. Single use, pre-sterilized surgical kits developed & in use by partners.

6. Surgical quality assurance and reporting systems successfully piloted and operational.

7. Geographic information systems based community mobilization and evidence based cataract elimination practice in pilot.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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