Orbis, the international nonprofit that fights blindness around the world unveils their new Flying Eye Hospital at Moffett Field, hosted by Google all this week.
As the world’s only accredited ophthalmic training hospital aboard an MD-10 aircraft, this unique aircraft brings state of the art technology, training and teaching tools to local healthcare teams so that they can win the fight in their communities. The third-generation Flying Eye Hospital features 3D technology and live broadcast capabilities enabling Orbis, with their expert Volunteer Faculty, to train more doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals—ultimately treating more people and restoring their sight.
Google is hosting the Flying Eye Hospital at Moffett Federal Airfield, while Orbis is meeting with technology leaders in Silicon Valley before it heads out to Asia for its first medical programs in September.
“Our mission at Orbis is to bring the world together to fight blindness. We believe that no one should go blind from conditions that are treatable or preventable,” explains Bob Ranck, Orbis President and CEO. “The Flying Eye Hospital is in equal parts teacher, envoy and advocate. Technology on the aircraft and in our virtual systems plays a vital role in fighting blindness. At Orbis, we’re developing innovative mechanisms to bridge the gaps between doctors around the world, providing a platform for mentorship, learning and skills transfer.”
“Google extends a warm welcome to the Flying Eye Hospital at Moffett Federal Airfield,” said John Igoe, Google’s Real Estate & Workplace Services Director. “Google and Orbis have a common vision when it comes to using technology to bridge gaps in access to life-affirming services for the world’s underserved communities. Hosting the Flying Eye Hospital in such a visible location will help build awareness for the important work Orbis does.”
More than six years in the making, the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft. Hundreds of experts have come together to combine the latest in avionics, hospital engineering, technology and clinical expertise to make the new Flying Eye Hospital a reality. It features a modular design, 3D technology and live broadcast capabilities enabling Orbis, with their expert Volunteer Faculty, to train more doctors, more nurses and healthcare professionals—ultimately treating more people and restoring their sight.
Moffett Field is the Flying Eye Hospital’s last stop following a U.S. six cities tour before the plane takes off to Asia…first stop, China…for working its mission, which is “to end curable blindness in the world”.
For more than 30 years, Orbis has helped countries build the skills and resources they need to prioritize and deliver quality eye care to their local communities. Their team of over 400 expert medical volunteers, from 30 countries, accomplishes this by training local medical teams both in their hospitals and on the Flying Eye Hospital, emphasizing quality and safety standards for patient care.
In the past five years alone, from 2011-2015, Orbis’s work has facilitated 10,000 trainings of doctors, 104,000 trainings of nurses, biomedical engineers and other health care workers, and 11.6 million screenings and eye exams either on the Flying Eye Hospital or at Orbis in-country partner hospitals.